Young, disenchanted lion-tamer Tairo is out to recover his missing lucky talisman – a bar of iron bent into a horseshoe shape and given to him as a 5-yr-old child by ‘Mister Universo’, without which his life is bereft. This fast-moving neo-realist road movie is an engaging, and unusual, hybrid of documentary and fiction, in which real-life circus folk play themselves. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. Italian with subtitles..
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BFS rating PG
BFS opinion: This film can be taken on two levels: a documentary on the everyday life of members of a second-rate circus, and an exploration of the character of these people, often depressed, and caught up in a humdrum existence from which there seems to be no escape. It works on both levels, and being shot as a documentary with a hand-held camera adds a great deal to the poignancy of the characters. I thought it was a lovely film, very thought provoking, and a clear illustration of the stark realities behind the gloss of the circus world.
“A twisting, rolling great big ball of fun of a movie” – Scene Creek
“…rich with exciting circus imagery that gives the intimate quest an expressionistic backdrop. Both emotionally accessible and cinematic, “Mister Universo” endows its bizarre setting with warmth” – Indiewire
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