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The Last Circus (2010) Rating:
- Eloise = 7 / 10;
- Raoul = 7 / 10;
- IMDb = 6.6 / 10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 7.6 / 10;
The Last Circus (2010) Synopsis:
Set after the civil war in Spain, a duo of crazy clowns fight for the love of a beautiful trapeze artist.
The Last Circus (2010) Review:
The Last Circus is a surprising movie, very hard to fit in a “box” (a bad habit that we all have, I must confess). If I had to give it a try, I would say something like political/romance/drama/comedy/horror, in order of importance.
The all story is a metaphor of the Civil War in Spain (1936-1939), the story of two clowns, one sad and one happy clown, representing the two belligerents of war (Nationalist vs Republicans), and the woman they are fighting for representing, if i am not mistaken, Spain or its population. I think this a very important point of the film since, if you do not know that, you will never understand how depth the film actually is, and probably dislike it for the story itself is nothing to die for.
The main story is built around a romance story, one of two clowns who both love a young and beautiful trapeze artist who can never decide who she wants to be with. This part was really interesting, with a very complex trio of characters relationship that keeps evolving throughout the film, delivering a great lot of surprises.
As for the drama aspect, not much explanation is needed. The Spanish Civil War was a terrible war that costs the lives of many innocents. In that, the film does a good job of recreating the heavy atmosphere, keeping the backbone storyline in a very dramatic tone. Here and there, some welcomed comical elements, mostly arranged around the secondary characters, adds some lightness to this tragedy.
The horror aspect is very light, only mentionable because of a few bloody scenes and a noticeable amount of brutality. Not the usual type of film that horror fans will be looking for, but a wonderful film for those who take interest in the Civil War, and drama-lovers in general.