Perdita Durango

Screening on Film
Directed by Alex de la Iglesia.
With Rosie Pérez, Javier Bardem, Harley Cross.
Mexico/US/Spain, 1997, 35mm, color, 121 min.
English and Spanish with English subtitles.
Print source: Brattle Theatre

Perdita Durango features Rosie Perez as Perdita and future sex-symbol (then Spanish cult-idol) Javier Bardem as the deliciously sadistic Romeo Dolorosa. Romeo is a self-styled Santeria guru who spends most of his time flitting from one anarchistic crime to another. When Perdita and Romeo hook up, all Hell breaks loose! For his English-language debut, de la Iglesia comes to Mexico and the territory of another master of transgressive, surreal cinema: Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo). Echoes of Jodorowsky run through most of de la Iglesia's early films but none more so than in this completely perverse, over-the-top love story. – Brattle Theatre

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