Perdita Durango

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia tackles the further adventures of the Tex-Mex femme fatale, Perdita Durango, who was first incarnated by Isabella Rossellini in Wild at Heart. The David Lynch film effectively played on hallucinatory weirdness, but de la Iglesia's English-language debut (shot in the US) is so hesitant that, despite lashings of sexual abandon, violence and sleazeball local colour, it barely quickens the pulse. Perez flashes her don't-mess-with-me look as Perdita, but meets her match in Bardem's butch Romeo Dolorosa, dangerous exponent of the voodoo-like cult santero. The plot kicks in when Bardem has to transport a lorryload of live foetuses across the border. He and Perez nevertheless find time along the way to take a couple of teens for a forced march on the wild side. The fantasy-fuelled intercutting of footage from Aldrich's wonderful Mexican Western Vera Cruz is little short of unforgivable.

By: TJ


Release details

124 mins

Cast and crew

Alex de la Iglesia
Barry Gifford, Alex de le Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarría, David Trueba
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Rosie Perez
Alex Cox
Don Stroud
Aimee Graham
Harley Cross
James Gandolfini
Javier Bardem
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