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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Angel De Fuego
Angel De Fuego
Desert Mountain Media // Unrated // January 7, 2003
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Review by Matt Langdon | posted March 17, 2003 | E-mail the Author
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A young woman in a traveling circus is impregnated by her father. Her father dies and all of the members of the circus pressure her to abort the pregnancy but she won't. She leaves the circus and embarks on a somewhat bitter spiritual journey. What she encounters is religious intolerance and hypocrisy.

After she leave the young woman - who's name is Alma (Evangelina Sosa)- meets up with a family of three who travel in a caravan from village to village and present religious plays using mannequins. She is drawn to them immediately because the play they present shows a world of forgiveness. But once she gets to know them she realizes that the plays they present are more fictional than real.

She gets along well with the young boy in the family (Noe Montealegre) but she has a tough time getting along with his religiously stern mother (Lilia Aragon) and she positively tortures the older son (Roberto Sosa) with her good looks.

The film pulls no punches in its gritty realistic portrayal of the streets of Mexico. And it really shows the way in which a good, innocent person can be ground down by religious and social regulations.

Angel de Fuego (which was made in 1992) has the same type of dead pan sensibility and fatalistic view of life as some of the films of Robert Bresson. For this reason the film may not be liked by all but it is still a rewarding film if only because it refuses to put a happy face on the hypocrisy on mankind.

Video:
The film is presented in 1.33 to 1. I'm not sure if it was shot this way but the cropping looks fine and nothing seems to be missing. The images are composed of a lot of earthy tones and reds and the images are relatively sharp and clear – although there are some scratched sections.

Audio:
The audio seems to be in stereo and is presented in Spanish with (large) English subtitles. The film has many quite moments and very little music is used.

Extras:
The only extras are brief bio write-ups on the director and the principle actors.

Overall:
Angel de Fuego is a film that few have seen but it is worth a look. The film is slow moving but involving. The story is pretty hard-hitting and bleak but it is well acted and its message about religious intolerance is significant. Recommended.

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