As unabashedly stylish as its subject purportedly was, this dramatization of the life and crimes of Argentinian robber and serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch (who remains in prison today) examines the perverse sway beauty can hold over our sense of morality.
In 1970s Buenos Aires, Carlitos is a 17-year-old with movie-star looks and a penchant for thievery. When he finds his partner in crime, Ramón, they embark on a joyride of outlawry and increasing violence—and though his pretty face doesn’t keep him out of jail once he’s caught, it does keep him in the papers as a newfound celebrity nicknamed “The Angel of Death.” Explains director Luis Ortega, “From an early age I have been inexplicably drawn to criminality. Many characters from movies fueled that fascination…Once a teenager and in the streets, the hyperreality of violence was too crazy for me. So when I decided to tell this story of a kid thief turned killer, I thought it shouldn’t be a vicious film but rather something beautiful, a gift to the audience.” Pedro Almodóvar co-produced.
Producer: Hugo Sigman, Sebastian Ortega, Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodóvar, Matias Mosteirin | Editor: Guillermo Gatti | Cinematographer: Julian Apezteguiia | Screenwriter: Luis Ortega, Rodolfo Palacios, Sergio Olguin
Cast: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Daniel Fanego, Mercedes Morán, Luis Gnecco
Additional Countries: Spain