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Criticism of ‘Red Rocket’, the new Sean Baker

The director of ‘The Florida Project’ returns to the sewers of the American dream.

One of the things that has made Sean Baker a key figure in today’s cinema is the mix of wisdom, affection and light with which he starts from the personal – the intimacy of his characters, which never invades without reason – to talk about the present from the United States. Specific, He talks about his marginalized, for whom the American dream can only be that, a dream. And one of the strengths of his cinema is precisely his particular way of configuring those fantasies doomed to be frustrated. Baker recounts these escape attempts as luminous tales as lucid in their portrayal of an unjust world as they are emptied of gratuitous pity.

This time, it’s Mikey (Simon Rex), a broke porn actor who returns to the Texas town where he grew up, who wants to run away. His fantasy, which we never know if it materializes (when the dream appears, the colors become unreal), has to do with a new life with a young donut vendor. The dialogue between atrocious reality and fantasy –in this case romantic, but not idealized: the protagonist is full of faults– is once again the space from which Baker masterfully speaks of the America that others prefer to ignore.

For fans of lucid and luminous tales of an unjustly forgotten America.

The best: the fantasies according to Baker. And Simon Rex, splendid.

The worst: sometimes it overemphasizes the political context of the story.

DATA SHEET

Direction: Sean Baker Distribution: Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Brenda Deiss, Suzanna Son, Vickie Pearce, Ethan Darbone, Judy Hill, Shih-Ching Tsou Original title: Red Rocket Country: USA Year: 2021 Release date: 6–5-2022 Gender: Dramatic comedy Film script: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch Duration: 130 minutes

Synopsis: Mikey Saber is a disgraced porn star who returns to his hometown in Texas, but no one really wants him back.

Source: Fotogramas

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