EL ANGEL (2019)

A film by  Luis Ortega

Cast:  Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego 

Buenos Aires, 1971. Carlitos is a 17-year-old angel-faced teenager that no one can resist. What he wants he gets.In high school, his Path crosses with Ramon. Together they form a charming poisonous duo . They engage on a path made of flights, lies where killing soon becomes a way of expressing oneself …

Carlos Eduardo Robledo Puch born 19 January 1952 also known as “The Angel of Death” or “The Black Angel”, is an Argentinian serial killer. He was convicted of 11 murders, one attempted murder, 17 robberies, one rape, one attempted rape, one count of sexual abuse, two kidnappings and two thefted. He has been in prison since 1973.

Here Luis Ortega made a film about his life but kept out the rape part out well yes Carlos did rape and shot the first girl 5 times the second girl was raped and shot 7 times. Back in the 1970’s the public was fascinated in disgust that a young heartthrob teenager so good looking could do those horrible things. Where did all go wrong that must be the question that his parents ask themselves. His Parents are hard working middle class people where they tried to educate Carlos but somehow Carlos went on his own path of destruction. Carlos starts his criminal career as a petty thief, breaking into big mansions and helping himself to jewelry, cash and a motorcycle like if it was a natural thing to do. His parents are on to his lies, but he’s just getting started. Ramón (Chino Darín, The son of Ricardo Darin, Carlos) meets his first criminal mastermind and mentor, Ramón’s father, José (Daniel Fanego).

Ortega did not show how the character went on a dark path instead he had Carlos on a light path. Was Carlos bi or gay the director made it look like he was both perhaps a crush on Ramon. Carlos plays with his charm in order to get what he wants and people will be fooled by his looks. He soon gets a taste for killing when he does it by accident. The film feels like a velour, with warm color to make it feel like the 70’s which the decoration is straightforward 1970’s. For some reason Ortega left out some stuff. However there is a resemblance with the actor and the real Carlos. The Rock-n-roll music fits into this story of love, and murder in a style rhythmic like a musical comedy. Here filmmaker offers a pleasing and sarcastic spectacle.



cannes un certain regard 2017

A film by Santiago Mitre

Cast: Walter Andrade, Ricardo Darín, Dolores Fonzi

The president of Argentina, Hernán Blanco (Ricardo Darin) has to go to a summit to make this important decision. the summit takes place in La Cordillera but suddenly a complicated matter arises in the middle of it and will affect both his private and public life. 

Here is a political thriller that takes an unexpected detour into Hitchcock’s Spellbound territory. The film is set during a summit of South American leaders, will discuss an oil alliance. However the president of Argentina who is facing exposure for corruption, has another problem when his daughter, Marina (Dolores Fonzi), suffers a psychiatric episode. a Doctor suggest to puts her under hypnosis, and suddenly she has memories of events from his life of which she could have no knowledge. Now Blanco is wondering who is pulling the string. Is this stage? In the mix a political figure from the United States is trying to influence him on his decision. however the two narrative meets each other but not all your questions will be answered. But it feels like a thriller done by Hitchcock. Mitre here takes on complex stories and puts them together rather well. He looks like he is graduating here and to be the one to watch. Ricardo Darin does as usual a wonderful job playing the president of Argentina. One of my favourite actor in Argentina. The film got a Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival last year.






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A film by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Cast: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio

English title:The Distinguished Citizen

Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martinez) is a celebrated Nobel Prize-winning author living in Barcelona. His stories set in Salas Argentina but he has not return in 40 years is a matter a fact he never planed to go back. To the surprise of everyone he agrees to personally collect a trophy/reward as a ‘distinguished citizen’ and maybe rediscover his roots. It is a decision he is going to regret as the driver that pick up gets a flat tire in a middle of nowhere.

The local welcome him and the mayor boost his image because he is with a successful writer although who has not written a novel in 5 years. The Mayor has all the activities in place even the interview and the workshop with Mantovani which also include a painting competition. Meanwhile, his old friend Antonio brilliantly played by Dady Brieva who delights in seeing his friend so he can show off the fact that he married Mantovani’s old girl friends. Well thing s are not going to go to well if you know what I mean. As the film goes on you are going to feel that Mantovani is in danger and that he might or might not make it out of this town in one piece. The film is a bit predictable here but it is a well done and written dark farce.

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EL CLAN (2015)

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A film by Pablo Trapero

Cast: Antonia Bengoechea, Gastón Cocchiarale, Guillermo Francella 

English: The Clan

When General Leopoldo Galtieri launched Operation Rosario which failed, included defeat and humiliation in the Falklands (or Malvinas) in 1982, it would be the end of his dictatorship and the tentative return of democracy to Argentina.

This is were this story takes place in 1982 and yes it is based on a true story.Young rugby player Alex Puccio (Peter Lanzani) politics is not his thing but rugby is and he loves it. He goes out with his friends and his fans adore him. He lives in a traditional middle-class household in a nice suburb of Buenos Aires.His sisters help each other with their homework; his young brother Guillermo (Franco Masini) obviously adores him; his mother Epifanía (Lili Popovich) teaches at the local school, and the head of the family is Arquímedes (Guillermo Francella), a white-haired man. Arquimedes own a sport store next to his home. He is doing well and business is booming. But Arquimedes needed a little more money well I guess for his 401k plan. So you hear occasional noise like scream in the basement cover sometimes by loud music. Arquímedes, with the help of his son and the connivance of the family, kidnaps people. He then gets the ransom kills them and moves on to the next victim. They are usually wealthy.


Here is the thing the kidnapping is a tension builder but instead of having normal music Trapero uses pop song. Although the family knows what is going on some of them are not comfortable with it. It creates a tense atmosphere where it is going to feel uncomfortable.  It is hard to believe that a family went through with it. The ending is near perfect in this film Neo-Noir of course with a pop tune to go along with it. Put that on your list.


Yes we do believe in god although the devil made me do it.


JAUJA (2015)

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A film by Lisandro Alonso

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby, Viilbjørk Malling Agger

First off don’t expect a linear, mainstream film or you may be disappointed. I just gave you the warning. The story takes place in Argentina Patagonia, and what a beautiful landscape I might add. The story goes like this. It is the 19th century and Captain Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen) is a Danish engineer on a quest to find Jauja, a mythical land of happiness. His daughter ( Viilbjork Malling Agger) wants a dog that follows her everywhere. When captain Dinesen goes to bed one night has this feeling, and decided to go to see it his daughter who should be  asleep safe and sound comes to find out that she is gone. He saddles up and goes after her.

Here is a neo-neorealism film and beyond. The film was shot in a 1.33:1 ratio frame and has unmated  rounded corners. It is a slow cinematic film so if that is not your thing do what other people did do not see it. I went to see this film and 5 people got out within 20 minutes of the film. Technically I called it an art film. You will immerse yourself in this cinematography of beautiful and raw landscape. Alonso deploys a large distance between the characters and you can see the landscape rich color. When Dinesen goes in the cave to see the old women that lives there you get the sense that is his daughter when she is older. Towards the end it is as I call it his Urban daughter, yes it is a strange art film but beautiful as hell. Yes it does not make any sense but it does not have to. Viggo Mortenson is fluent in both Danish Spanish and French. You might interpret the film differently, Alonso even said that some stuff that he really didn’t understand and he co-wrote it, how funny is that. So there you are going to love it or hate it, no in between. After all it is not your typical western.





A film by Damián Szifrón

Cast: Liliana Ackerman, Luis Manuel Altamirano García, Alejandro Angelini

The protagonists of six stories are people who will loose their temper things start to get out of hand leading to uncontrollable catastrophe. Keep in mind that those stories are not connected. Though each short stories has a simple situation that could happen to everyone in everyday life. The situation creates a chain reaction that get worst and worst until it reaches its limits. It is told with great dark and morbid humor.

Okay here the thing in France the film is going to be open in January 14 2015. I went to a premier of it Yesterday and the 200 seats were full. I could reserved a seat with my UGC unlimited card that I have, and trust me those seat fill up fast. Wild tales has gotten of lot of attention in Cannes and other film festival. A dude came up before the film starts said that the director Damián Szifrón would come in so we can ask question about the film. I said to myself it does not get better then that. This script is well written and sharp and funny dialogue. Director of Photography Javier Julia uses a unconventional camera angle. Like for example the scene with the 2 dudes are fighting in the car. The music is upbeat and perfect in this film it does not get better that that. This is a refreshing ideas that work well as told in a dark humor kind of way. It is a non-traditional film done well, Whenit comes on DVD it is going to be in my collection. Now Szifrón said that he wrote 14 stories and he choosed those 6, some one ask him if the other one are going to surface in his other film, he replied that could be a possibility. He also meet Ricardo Darin who is a star in Argentina, a great actor, director, and writer , he is also a film buffs he watches tins of films. He was a joy to work with him. He does not have this big ego that most star has. They wanted to work together so they decided to work on this project. He also said that this is the biggest hit film in Argentina ever in all the history of cinema. he is 39 years old has done 3 films so far and now studios from Argentina as well as America are giving scrip tp pick and choose. He has been traveling all over the country to promote the film. Well I am telling you this do not miss this one.

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BUENOS AIRES 1977 (2006)

Based on a true story.In 1977, the goalkeeper of the Almagro team Claudio Tamburrini is illegally kidnapped from his home, arrested by the government forces and sent blindfolded to Sere Mansion, a clandestine detention center. His acquaintance Tano, who had been tortured for a long period, had falsely accused Claudio of being a revolutionary. Along the months, Claudio is kept nude and handcuffed together with the prisoners El Gallego, El Vasco and Guillermo Fernández and submitted to all sort of humiliations and tortures, until the night they decide to escape from their imprisonment in the old mansion. Argentina’s entry for 2007 Golden Globes Awards for the category of Best Foreign Language Film.