Cassandro, the Exotico!

Directed by Marie Losier
Film Movement
2018
73 Minutes
France
English, Spanish
Documentary, Sports, LGBTQ, Biography

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.

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