The Last Circus
1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A “Happy”
circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a
militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle
against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an
entire platoon. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises the curtain on
a twisted tale of love, revenge, and psychopathic clowns that could only
spring from the mind of filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia.
Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of
the clown, dreams of following in his father’s career footsteps, but has
seen too much tragedy in his life - he’s simply not funny and is only
equipped to play the role of the Sad Clown. He finds work in a circus
where he befriends an outlandish cast of characters, but as the Sad
Clown he must take the abuse of the brutish Happy Clown Sergio, who
humiliates Javier daily in the name of entertainment.
It is here that he meets Natalia, a gorgeous acrobat, and abused wife of
Sergio. Javier falls deeply in love with Natalia and tries to rescue her from
her cruel and violent husband, unleashing Sergio’s jealousy. But Natalia
is torn between her affection towards Javier, and her lust for Sergio.
With neither man willing to back down, this twisted love triangle evolves
into a ferocious battle between Sad Clown and Happy Clown, escalating
to unbelievable heights in this absurd, shocking, irreverent and