Looking for an Angel (Llamando a un Angel) (DVD Review)5 Jun, 2009 By: Angelique Flores
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Stars Luis Felipe Tovar, Patricia Llaca, Julio Bracho, Mónica Dionne, Eduardo España, Andrés Montiel.
Fátima is in an unhappy marriage and wants to reunite with a former boyfriend, Ángel Flores Fuentes. With the help of a bottle of wine, she calls all three men listed under that name in the phone book. Leaving desperate messages on their answering machines, Fátima begs for forgiveness and asks to be with them again, but never leaves her name.
And each of those calls sends the recipient into a tailspin.
The movie is divided into three separate stories, one for each of the Ángels and how the call affects his life. Like the film Four Rooms, each vignette has a different writer and director.
The first chapter, from Rodolfo Guzmán, features Ángel the high-school teacher, who gets Fátima’s call before heading to school, where the call has given him a newfound confidence to go after a girl he never thought he could have.
The second vignette, from Héctor Rodríguez, focuses on hippie-turned-yuppie Fátima, and her actual lost love.
The third story, from Francisco Rodríguez, is a little campy, a little twisted and a lot of fun, much in the vein of a Robert Rodriguez film. The Ángel in the chapter seeks out his ex-girlfriend — who he thinks left that voice mail — but gets mixed up with a cast of colorful characters. For fans of Mexican punk-cult band Garigoles, there are some scenes here of them playing in a biker bar.
I’d been wondering about the up-and-coming talent in the New Mexican Cinema movement. Surely, these three new directors must be part of it. It’s no surprise the film won the Audience Award in 2007 at the Guadalajara Film Festival.
For viewers who liked Four Rooms and enjoy films with separate yet connected stories a lá screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), then this one is sure to please.