Rated NR 75 minutes 2011

Quiet, melancholy documentary follows the uncertain fortunes of the Ponce family and their Gran Circo Mexico, which travels the back roads to play before scant crowds in small Mexican towns, “behind the gas station.” It’s incredibly hard work running a circus, but Tino the ringmaster and his children are truly born to the life — their extended family operates four or five other circuses, with family members helping out as acrobats, aerialists, and clowns. Meanwhile, Tino’s wife Ivonne has doubts about her role. Filmmaker Aaron Schock practices the fly-on-the-wall technique of character observation, and the real life the camera catches is naturally more dramatic and unexpected than any written scenario. (75 min.)

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Director: Aaron Schock



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