MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 410 this week

The Last Circus (2010)
"Balada triste de trompeta" (original title)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 8,201 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 34 user | 141 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

A young trapeze artist must decide between her lust for Sergio, the Happy Clown, or her affection for Javier, the Sad Clown, both of whom are deeply disturbed.

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 31 Dec 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 17 Jul 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Last Circus" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Last Circus (2010)

The Last Circus (2010) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Last Circus.

User Polls

8 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A gang of escaping jewellery thieves get trapped by a coven of witches.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto
Common Wealth (2000)
Comedy | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Julia finds 300 million pesetas hidden in a dead man's house while selling an apartment. She's a 40-ish real estate agent now forced to face the wrath of a very peculiar community (of ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Carmen Maura, Eduardo Antuña, María Asquerino
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the bible that the anti-christ is going to be born on Christmas day in Madrid. Helped by a heavy-metal fan and by the showman of a TV... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Álex Angulo, Armando De Razza, Santiago Segura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An out-of-work publicist who suffers an accident looks to sell the exclusive interview rights to the highest bidder in an attempt to provide for his family.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: José Mota, Salma Hayek, Blanca Portillo
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rafael is the best salesman in the biggest department store of Madrid. He is a fascinating man; all his colleagues fell in love with him. He tries to live a high-standard life. He is ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Guillermo Toledo, Mónica Cervera, Enrique Villén
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Nino and Bruno are two comedians who reach the heights of success with their duo act, turning them into huge TV celebrities. However, the hate between them grows as fast, and as much, as ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Santiago Segura, El Gran Wyoming, Álex Angulo
800 Bullets (2002)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Julián Torralba is a former movie stuntman in Almeria, Spain. He and several of his colleagues, who once made a living in American Westerns shot in Spain, now are reduced to doing stunt ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Sancho Gracia, Ángel de Andrés López, Carmen Maura
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In a future world ruled by good-looking people, a terrorist group of mutants led by Ramon Yarritu kidnap the daughter of Orujo, a rich businessman, to claim for the rights of the ugly ... See full summary »

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Antonio Resines, Álex Angulo, Frédérique Feder
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

At Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try to stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Elijah Wood, John Hurt, Leonor Watling
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A psychotic criminal couple kidnaps a random teenage couple. The woman rapes the male captive, and lets him watch his lover being raped by the man. They then plan to sacrifice the couple.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Rosie Perez, Javier Bardem, Harley Cross
Plutón B.R.B. Nero (2008–2009)
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Stars: Antonio Gil, Carlos Areces, Carolina Bang
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Stars: Manuel Tallafé, Claudia de la Iglesia, Rebeca
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Areces ...
...
...
Manuel Tallafé ...
Alejandro Tejerías ...
Motorista-fantasma (as Alejandro Tejería)
Manuel Tejada ...
...
Gracia Olayo ...
...
Paco Sagarzazu ...
...
Padre-Payaso tonto
...
Capitán miliciano
...
Fofito ...
Sasha Di Bendetto ...
Javier (Niño 1937) (as Sasha Di Bendetto)
Edit

Storyline

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. 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 ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

clown | sad clown | circus | acrobat | spain | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal and bloody violence throughout, some strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Circus  »

Box Office

Budget:

€7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,757 (USA) (19 August 2011)

Gross:

$40,029 (USA) (4 November 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The famous "Wilhelm Scream" can be heard several times in this movie, but most prominently when two midgets are thrown out of the Wonderland Cirgo tent at 20:15. See more »

Goofs

When Andres is arrested, he says "maderos" to the policemen, but this word was not yet used at this time. He shoould have said "grises" (grey) because this is the color of the police uniform - only years later would it become brown. ("Madero" is log or piece of wood, which is why people called policemen "maderos"). See more »

Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

La quiero a morir (Je l'aime a mourir)
Written by Francis Cabrel
Adaptation by Luis Gómez Escolar
Performed by Francis Cabrel
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The movie Tarantino wished he'd made
25 September 2011 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

"Balada triste de trompeta" (Sad trumpet ballad, in Spanish -I have no idea why they translated it as "The last circus", as it's much poorer) is none short of a masterpiece, in my opinion. It is also a 100% Spanish film, meaning it is a tragicomedy, a totally Spanish genre and it also expands between two crucial moments of Spain's recent history, full of tragic events -the Civil War, the killings, Franco's repression and dictatorship- but also full of grotesque details, situations and characters that were real and now, in retrospect, feel utterly ridiculous, much more so than they were at the time -e.g. when the dictator went hunting, they really prepared the prey for him so that he would look as a great hunter- or are just seen as a byproduct of the times that Spain had to live. Director Alex de la Iglesia also cares to sprinkle the movie with historical events that are apparently disconnected to the main story -like the assassination of Franco's hard man and presumed heir as the new tyrant, admiral Carrero Blanco- but which I believe serve a function to the main metaphor that this movie is.

The movie starts in 1937, in the heat of the Spanish Civil War. A clown is recruited by force to fight with the Republican side, and manages to slaughter quite a lot of Franco's men. His young son, Javier, is traumatized by the whole event and later, in 1973, we meet him again as the new recruit in a circus, the Sad Clown. He can only be the sad clown because he is sad himself, and cannot make children laugh. They pair him up with the Funny Clown, a ruthless but charismatic man called Sergio, who turns out to be the partner to a beautiful trapeze artist, Natalia. Javi falls in love with Natalia and thus starts a rivalry between the two men for the love of a woman, with unforeseeable consequences.

The narration is so filled with colorful characters, crazy comedy, crazy violence mixed with comedy or with surreal elements, historical references, and an underlying sense of tragicomedy, and it is so excessive and full of surprises, one can't help but keep watching, much as it is over the top in many an occasion. You can enjoy the movie at face value and ride the wave of the story for what it is, but you can also watch this movie as a summary and insight into the recent Spanish history and how Spain seems doomed to always be split in two, similar people, brothers, always rivalling and even hating each other, seemingly beyond reconciliation, connecting episodes of sheer senselessness and absurdity with spine-chilling episodes of hate and violence, and all of it boiling down to a tragedy that you can only laugh at because it makes no sense.

I'm not surprised that Quentin Tarantino himself was so taken with this movie, and I wouldn't be surprised if an adaptation of this movie was made soon in an American context.


15 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Already an Award Winning Movie yamf
Can someone please add to the... burgs_151
What did I just watch?? ninjavarnish
Chicago screening... darkerwiththeday
My Review of this Fantastic Film jayskitstar
Tiene buena pinta vbfhenrmreturns
Discuss The Last Circus (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?