There are cult films and then there are cult films - and Santa Sangre is one of the cultest films of all.
Directed by the infamous Alejandro Jodorowsky (artist/visionary/genius - take your pick), Santa Sangre is like a vision concocted by Buñuel and Fellini with a smidgeon of David Lynch thrown in for good measure.
Set in a circus, the film is a heady mix of circus freaks and weird religious and hallucinatory imagery all mixed up with disturbing psychological undercurrents. Traumatised at an early age by a violent argument between his knife-throwing father and trapeze-artist mother, former child magician Fenix escapes from an asylum into the outside world. Reunited with his jealous mother he joins her in a bizarre pantomime act, a role which spills dangerously over into real life...
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