Matthew Maleficent’s review published on Letterboxd:
Just finished watching this on DVD, and WOW. What a wild ride. Javier, after a troubled childhood involving the Spanish Civil War, joins a circus to be the "sad clown". Unfortunately, he falls in love with the other clown;s girlfriend and things get ugly and violent, culminating in complete insanity!
I feel like the larger message of this movie went over my head due to my lack of knowledge in the department of Spanish history. It seemed like a grand political statement, and I'm still trying to figure that one out, so I'm going to do some research and then watch it again.
Apart from that this movie is incredibly entertaining! Plenty of laughs, gasps, emotional pain, and over the top fun, I would highly recommend checking this movie out. As a friend, Mike, said: "The clown wearing a dress and wielding a machete while charging into battle might just be one of the coolest things I've ever EVER seen." And I would be inclined to agree with him. I'll give a deeper and more detailed review about the possible political significance of this movie when I get a chance to brush up on my history and rewatch. Until then you should ALL see this! It's brilliant either way :-D