The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Cassandro, the Exotico!

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Come revel in pure charisma and acrobatics as we present a full week run of Marie Losier’s intimate portrait of a wrestling legend—Cassandro, the Exotico!

After 26 years of spinning dives and flying uppercuts in the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exoticos, is far from retiring. But with dozens of broken bones and metal pins in his body, he must now reinvent himself.


“Texas-born 48-year-old Cassandro is thoroughly engaging, and filmmaker Marie Losier follows him intimately, creating a gently observant portrait of an outrageous man.” — Rich Kline, Shadows on the Wall

“It’s a moving and sometimes amusing portrait of grit and glitter overcoming adversity . . .” — Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

“Losier captures all the camp of such a larger than life figure, but underneath all the pageantry and breathtaking maneuvers off the top rope is a sustained note of mental and physical pain.” — Chris Shields, Screen Slate

Cassandro, the Exotico