• Circo (2011)


Release Date: April 8th, 2011

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2011

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

Throughout the world, the circus is an old-fashioned form of entertainment that's slowly fading away, and in Mexico, the situation is no different. The Ponces, captained by lead manager and ringmaster Tino, struggle to bring in the crowds and keep their generations-old family business going strong. Compounding this challenge is a weakened economy, particularly in the rural areas where the Ponces pitch their big tent. The soundtrack is enlivened by the music of country-rock band Calexico.

Cast: Moises Ponce, Alexia Ponce, Tino Ponce, Alejandra Ponce

Director: Aaron Schock

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Offbeat, 2010s, Underdog, Fascinating, Gritty, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    V.A. MusettoNew York Post

    Circo is more like "The Smallest Show on Earth" than "The Greatest Show on Earth," the 1952 Oscar winner, but it does provide a look at a unique family and a disappearing way of life. show more

  • 88
    Joe WilliamsSt. Louis Post-Dispatch

    An artfully observant and unexpectedly moving documentary. show more

  • 80
    Sheri LindenThe Hollywood Reporter

    A well-told tale, and though its compact running time makes it a fine TV fit, its visual poetry is worth a big-screen look. show more

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