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The Nightmare of Returning to Your Own Home red rocket premiere

red rocket

(EU, 2021)

Director: Sean Baker.

Screenplay: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch.

Starring: Simon Rex, Brie Elrod, Susanna Son, Brenda Dees, Sophie, Judy Hill, Brittany Rodriguez.

Photography: Drew Daniels.

Editing: Sean Baker.

Duration: 130 minutes.

Available on HBO Max.

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Sean Baker’s cinema is a breath of fresh air on the screen, even though it’s no longer “big” (it premiered on HBO Max). It’s gratifying because he has a personal spontaneity, something the New York director cultivates in film after film, even with no less striking local recognition. In this context, his most famous films-small star, Orange, Florida Project— was spotted in Rosario, and it deserves attention Orange El Cairo is available on Cine Publico’s virtual billboard, where it can still be viewed for free.

The characters in Baker’s cinema live on the fringes, located outside the splendor that still means, more or less, Hollywood. OrangeTakes Place in Los Angeles, for that matter, was filmed with an iPhone and featured transgender sex workers; small star It is a story of friendship between an older adult and a young porn actress; why Florida Project For location pick a motel near Disney World. The social equivalent of Baker’s cinema is with a formal alternation where the narrative matches the real picture, with the fictional staging matching the actual environment of his characters.

same is the case with red rocket, where Mickey (the wonderful Simon Rex) returns to his native Texas after years of working in pornographic films. Los Angeles and the movies were left behind; Now, Mickey asks his (ex)wife and his mother-in-law for a refuge of sorts, albeit for a short period of time. All this in a casual manner, with hurried dialogues that reveal what happened between them and quickly mark the area where the action is located: since this is Texas, there is nothing like protecting property. So, two questions; On the one hand, Mickey has to talk remotely, without entering his ex’s territory, to prevent the police from being called; On the other hand, and consequently, it offers these women to “take care of them”. This is the land of Trump, something that billboards report amid phrases promising to “make America great again” and silly television shows brimming with domesticated vagrancy.

Baker’s Texas consists of a series of bad, flat postcards that its protagonists walk by on the side of the road. One of these stops is a cafeteria where they serve a variety of donuts, the kind with lots of sugar and fancy colors. In comes Strawberry (Suzanna Son), a teenager who is about to turn 18, which dazzles Mickey’s forties and opens the door for his long-awaited return, i.e. to (porn) movies. . She would be the ideal actress, he would be her producer. How to play cards to dazzle strawberries in return?

Meanwhile, Mickey tries unsuccessfully to find a job; in the manner of henry fonda You only live once (directed by Fritz Lang in 1937, equally tremendous), will do no more than repeat what he seeks to avoid. In Fonda’s case it is a crime, a weapon waiting for him; In Mickey, smuggling and paying with the dollars he received to stay in “someone else’s” house. Something that has to be accomplished with sex sessions with an ex. An exercise for which you need to be prepared with blue pills in your wallet. And add to that a romance with Strawberry, with a trip to Hollywood on the horizon to convince him. A string of rhetoric with which Mickey seeks his precarious balance, such as pretending to the young lover that his house is one of the colossal mansions in the place.

But the timing is bad for Mickey – because of his age, because of his increasingly closed attitudes – and at some point he will have children. narrative rhythm of red rocket Magnificent, Baker endows the film with his character’s pace, determined and always with a verbal output that lifts him out of the quagmire. Also, it doesn’t make him any less of a sinner; After all, he is the son of the same Texas to which he returns, where rich and poor are content with the same speeches, bear arms, and vote a millionaire for president. One of the film’s saddest characters is that of a neighbor – probably in her thirties – who looks up to Mickey in awe, which he takes advantage of with tales of sexual adventures while being driven away in his car. A prematurely old young man, one might say, whose father just lives his routine quietly with his car, without any personal projects. The fate of their lives is sealed, and the film confirms it in a terrifying way, with Mickey himself being one of those responsible.

red rocket It appeals to elements of sitcoms, with frantic Howard Hawks-esque dialogue and bittersweet situations. Resolution crowds the characters into the same room as the Marx Brothers did, and is able to be ironic while being shot with a dreamlike feel. Mickey, the porn star, misogynist storyteller who yearns for fertile occupations, who has no qualms with anything or anyone, is a fuse to the system, someone used and despised, a ” Revised Objectifier”. A paradox that the film contains in its own despair. Ladino and in many respects inexplicable, the least that can be said about him is that he “walks”; Others, meanwhile, act like amoebas, sunk into chairs, full of donuts and television. Sean Baker’s look is just so corrosive.

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