Cassandro, the Exotico!

Directed by Marie Losier
Film Movement
2018
73 Minutes
France
English, Spanish
Documentary, Sports, LGBTQ, Biography
Gender Studies, Women Directors, Biography, LGBTQ, Sports, Latinx Studies
DVD $150.00
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PPR $200.00
DRL $499.00
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This stirring feature 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. 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 KOed 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.

  • Highest Rating
    "It’s a moving and sometimes amusing portrait of grit and glitter overcoming adversity...."
    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "Cassandro The Exotico! is a delicate and exciting documentary that is not to be missed."
    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

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