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7.7
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657 Ratings

Cassandro, the Exotico!

Directed by Marie Losier
France, 2018
Documentary
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Synopsis

After 26 years of spinning dives and flying uppercuts on the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exoticos, is far from retiring. But with dozens of broken bones and metal pins in his body, he must now reinvent himself.

Our take

Portraiture is central to French-born, New York-based artist Marie Losier’s work. In Cassandro, Losier captures body and soul of the queer luchador with unmitigated warmth and empathy, gorgeously echoing the flamboyance and resilience of her subject with the beguiling physicality of her 16mm images.

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Critics reviews

Losier is more than a first-person filmmaker—she’s a one-person filmmaker: she works alone, wielding the camera and recording the sound, and the tactile intimacy, the agile curiosity, the tender admiration that the film reflects are inseparable from the drama that she discovers.
July 19, 2019
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“Cassandro the Exotico!” doesn’t stress a linear narrative for its hero, whom Losier clearly adores. This effervescent picture has an often infectious underground-movie aesthetic.
July 18, 2019
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