Killers have their audience... and they're very popular.
Killers are popular and The Angel will be no exception.
It is clear that Luis Ortega likes to tell stories about the world of marginality, either from the side of poverty or simply from those who decide to go down the sidelines of life and get out of the margins of the law. "Lulu" and "Caja Negra" in the cinema, "Historia de un Clan" and "El Marginal" on TV are some of his works in this world where his characters usually have something broken and difficult to fix. There's Luis, in this case accompanied by his brother Sebastian in the production, to portray them and tell us some story. "The Angel" is not part of the biography of Carlos Robledo Puch, the greatest serial killer in the history of Argentina, but takes his vision (attitude) towards life. From there, and with Lorenzo Ferro's protagonist, a remarkable debutante, he constructs the story of a character who represents him well and with cases and situations similar to the most intense part of his life and murders, between 1971 and 1972, when he was only 20 years old. With a remarkable period reconstruction and solid performances, where I would highlight Daniel Fanego, Chino Darín, Mercedes Moran and Peter Lanzani, the film alternates between harmonious family situations and hysterical deaths, always within the framework of "I know how I should behave, but I am free and I don't care". Lorenzo Ferro, in a large construction by Ortega, who discovered it in the casting and shaped it as he imagined it, does justice to the title of the film, his little face of "I was not" and his caradurism, are an explosive mixture; such that a long time ago it cost the lives of eleven people. Perhaps the script, to my taste and criteria, was more than enough. Although he has very well accomplished tragicomic phrases and scenes, as well as his situations of sexual ambivalence, several of the dialogues and characters were not very credible to me. Someone would say to me, "It's a story, it doesn't have to be all real"; I know that, but I need to believe the stories and some parts of it didn't close me down. The title already says so, murderers are popular and "The Angel" will be no exception, good news for good Argentine cinema.