Jim McKay, a director we have admired from his previous work, is back with a new film about a problem teen ager in Brooklyn. This interesting account about an inner city young man trying to cope with what life has given him, was shown recently on HBO. It is surprising it didn't get a commercial run. After all, Mr. McKay clearly understands the people he presents us in this surprisingly gritty film, and deserves better.
Mr. McKay, whose excellent movie, "Our Song", was a joy to watch, follows with "Angel Rodriguez", a more introspective work, which might be perceived as not in the same category as his previous work, but those who think so, might be the losers by dismissing this new picture. The new movie is more ambitious in many ways.
We are given a situation about a sensitive teen ager who is taken into the home of the kindly Nicole, a social worker that has been helping Angel. In spite of being a computer expert, Angel doesn't take advantage of this change in his life. He has been evicted out of his house by his father. Instead of renouncing to his bad ways, Angel goes back to doing the same thing. His friend Raymond, a boy that is into computer games, and the young transvestite, Jamie, figure prominently in the story.
Nicole, who has her own problems, confesses to Angel she is expecting a baby. Angel feels as though she will be abandoning him, but she reassures him she'll work until almost the end, although she is beginning to feels the effect of her pregnancy. Nicole also is having her own problems with her family. Having the young boy at home poses a challenge for her.
This production was blessed by the presence of Rachel Griffiths, one of the best actresses working today. Her Nicole shows vulnerability and questions herself as she is preparing to bring her own baby to the world. Jonan Everett makes a good impression as Angel, the confused youth at a crossroads in his life.
Jim McKay has to be congratulated for his courage in showing every day people dealing with every day problems in a film that will not disappoint.
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An important day in two peoples lives. While both at a crossroad in their lives, a school advisor helps out a troubled teenager, Angel, which steals and quarrels with her family to get attention.
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May 07, 2022 at 08:38 PM