The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo

Spain 2020
In Spanish and English, with English subtitles
87 min
Suitable for audiences aged 12 and above
Director: Javier Polo Gandía
Screenplay: Sixto García, Javier Polo Gandía
Cast: John Waters, Eduardo Casanova, Rigo Pex, Allee Willis
Production: Gerard Rodríguez, Javier Polo Gandía / Los Hermanos Polo, Japonica Films
Print Source: The Party Film Sales

Javier Polo’s The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo – part documentary, part scripted fiction – is a joyous celebration of all things kitsch, and a cry for people to through off the strait-jacket of convention, and be themselves… whatever that might be. It opens with a dream about flamingos, a vibrant, visually gorgeous opening that sets you up for what will be a riot of colour and visual style throughout. Rigo Pex, the dreamer in question, is an uptight sound engineer who spends his days in regimented isolation and anally retentive routine, collecting sounds and doing the same things at the same time each day. But he’s haunted by a dream about the flamingo, and so – encouraged by a mysterious voice in his head that acts as narrator – he sets out to examine the odd allure and all-pervasive presence of the flamingo in pop culture.

David Flint, The Reprobate