Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Last Circus
During the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930’s a circus is interrupted by a group of soldiers forcing the men to abandon their acts and pick up a weapon to immediately go into battle. Javier’s father, a happy circus clown is given a machete and recruited along with the others. He tells his son to go to his aunt’s house to wait, then heads off with the troops where he single-handedly slaughters the charging troops before getting wounded. He is then picked up and taken to a prison camp to await his execution. Javier sees his father through the gates who then tells him he must take up the role of a sad clown from this point forward and to focus on revenge for inspiration.
We rejoin Javier in 1973 as he is applying to be a sad clown with a local circus, he gets the job. His new boss, Happy Clown Sergio is a real prick, he drinks profusely, beats his wife the beautiful acrobat Natalia and treats his fellow clowns disrespectfully yet he is wonderful in his job and the children adore him so the circus master puts up with his crap. Javier falls madly in love with Natalia from the first time he sees her. Natalia reciprocates his feelings but the girl continues to play both men. She loves Javier for his gentle and loving nature while she clings to the brutish Sergio for sexual pleasure. When Sergio discovers her betrayal he beats Javier to near death. Once Javier is able to move he escapes from the hospital only to find Natalia and Sergio going at it like dogs in heat, he bursts in and hacks Sergio's face to pieces but the clown survives. With his new monster-like face Sergio finds his beloved career in ruins he searches for Javier who is completely insane and fleeing from the police. The two men finally meet in a climactic and brutal battle for the love of Natalia.