It's a contemplative and sensual movie about fluorescent bulls, horse dicks and animal version of "Toddlers & Tiaras". It's a visual metaphor between man and animal, that sadly lacks a solid plot to support it.
To me, this is as sexy as dull. Neon Bull builds an atmosphere of opposites: the rodeo worker that longs to be a fashion designer, the tough woman handling all the tools, the hair-caring stud: but what does it really say? In a film where its aesthetics screams louder than the will to tell stories, what are we really watching? Mascaro screens bodies with dionysian lust, but these bodies lack storytelling - or soul.
So this is "the next big thing"? A monotonous fictionalization of a socio-geographical universe, with the recurrence of a fiction full of style-figures and representative spaces and a lazy camera to "make" contemplation, with slow travelings and steady shots that only reveals its own impasse. The mandatory (final) sex scene it's so silly in its programmatic exhibition that reveals itself negligible.
FNC '15 After the fine debut last year with 'August Winds' Mascaro grows as a filmmaker in leaps and bounds with this sensual, rich and fascinating film immersing us in the world of the vaquejada (bull wrestling). Reviews have centered on the film's overt sexuality while they should be focused on the authenticity in story and performance. Shot by Diego Garcia the film's visual style is impressive and overwhelming.
Neon Bull is one of the most exciting films in recent years! With a simple plot, it finds its strength in observing the characters lives, their contradictions, unexpected aspirations and ordinary rituals sublimated and wrapped in surreal contours...Wild, tender, gender bending and strangely titillating, the greatness of the film lies in its inherent poetic symbolism - Man vs Beast, destiny vs desire. Sublime!
'Neon Bull' is a film with that defies description. It's simple yet complex, contemplative yet reductive, raw yet tender. It took me to places and showed me the lives of some people and showed me things I have never seen before. Apart from the greatly shot imagery sticks that with you, I really liked the banal yet poetic lifestyle of the bull handler, Iremar who dreams of tailoring fashionable clothes for women.