At the end of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart appears a character (played by Isabella Rossellini) who almost provokes the end of Nicholas Cage’s Sailor. It is character created by the writer Barry Gifford, and called Perdita. Perdita Durango is Alex de la Iglesia’s adaptation of Gifford’s novel 59 Degrees and Raining: The Story of Perdita Durango.
Rough girl Perdita and her demonic lover Romeo Dolorosa need humans to sacrifice following Romeo’s religion before he can go on a mission ordered by mob boss Santos. They kidnap teen sweethearts Duane and Estelle and travel with them to Las Vegas.
Perdita Durango meets Romeo Dolorosa, a criminal who is some sort of priest of a satanic cult and keeps crossing the Mexican-US border safely. He’s asked to do a job for crime boss Santos, involving the traffic of human foetuses for the cosmetic industry. Meanwhile, he needs to make a sacrifice to please his gods and a young American couple is in his and Perdita’s way. They are being followed by an unlucky DEA agent, the father of the kidnapped girl, an old partner which Romeo double-crossed and the previous boss to whom he owes a lot of money.
Álex de la Iglesia was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1965. He is a philosophy graduate from the University of Deusto who ended up working in the comic book field at a young age. He had a brief stint in television before finding work as production designer on Pablo Berger’s Mamá. This little seen short film focuses on a family forced to live in a basement after a nuclear war and features a little boy who wears a Batman costume.
Enrique Urbizu came calling for his production designer services in 1991 for Todo por la pasta (Anything For Bread) a Basque crime thriller which was nominated for 4 Goya Awards, and won 1 (best supporting actress). A good film to get De La Iglesia noticed.
He then met José Guerricaechevarria and together they made the short film, Mirindas Asesinas (1991), in which a boring man, whose mind is gradually degenerating, is on the verge of becoming a psychotic killer. The two men became fast friends and have worked together ever… read more
Entretenida, no obstante, este tipo de cintas no hacen mucho por mejorar la imagen que se suele manejar de lo Latino. Por un lado,se confirma que aunque Alex de la Iglesia es un director habil, no todos pueden ser David Lynch. Por su parte,si bien Rosie Perez trata de aparentar la bien malota,no logra hacer olvidar la seductora malignidad a flor de piel que consiguiò imprimirle al mismo personaje Isabella Rossellini.