Cassandro the Exotico

Film Movement   (2019) / Region 1
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Cassandro the Exotico

This stirring feature-length portrait of Lucha Libre star Cassandro in his waning years in the ring is less a swan song than a meteor shower rendered in Technicolor. Famed as much for his flamboyant drag and sky-high pompadour as for his show-stopping kicks and flips, Cassandro's trailblazing ascent as one the industry's first openly gay wrestlers has resonated internationally for a quarter century. Director Marie Losier captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure with her talent for forging intimacy with a subject while celebrating his individuality broadly. Cassandro, a prize-winning fighter who reinvented a staunchly macho sport, exudes resilience of all kinds - from the physical power to leave his opponents KO'ed to an ability to revisit past trauma and cope with the scars of a body pushed to its limits. Cassandro's story - of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty - is ever more evocative as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Losier's signature 16mm filming melds tender encounters and larger-than-life fight scenes into a stylish whole that reflects the vivid textures and hues of a dazzling life in sport.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 07 2019
  • Production Year 2019
  • Empire SKU 2682260
  • UPC Code 850003924311
  • Studio  Film Movement
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL

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