Director Alex de la Iglesia’s The Last Circus—also known as Balada Triste, or A Sad Trumpet Ballad (not to be confused with this)—is a story about two circus performers and the dangerous love triangle they share with an acrobat. It is also a poignant, metaphor-laden nightmare about the fascist era in Italy and its influence on Franco’s rise in Spain. But more importantly, it has clowns hacking people up with machetes and mowing them down with machine guns. Yes, it’s a powerful, visceral statement full of provocatively grotesque imagery that evokes the violence inherent in the system and so on and so on, blah blah blah. Sorry, we couldn’t hear your subtext over this clown with a machine gun. [Movieline]

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