Cassandro, The Exotico!

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Synopsis

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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Metacritic

80
Aug 1, 2019

“Cassandro,” which recalls the grabbed verve of a ‘60s-era verité snapshot, charts the reluctant dimming of this extravagant icon with affectionate energy and lasting poignance.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
80
Jul 18, 2019

Director Marie Losier ... chronicles the wrestler’s twilight years with affection, humor and gravitas.

Metacritic review by Jordan Mintzer
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter
63
Jul 18, 2019

It wouldn’t be fair to call the film hagiographic, but the director’s empathy, if not love, for her subject hinders her from examining Cassandro’s wounds with much depth.

Metacritic review by Diego Semerene
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine