Cassandro, tribute to lucha libre queer icon

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The Amazon original stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal as Saúl Armendáriz, a gay wrestler from El Paso, rises to international stardom after he creates the character Cassandro, the “Liberace of Lucha Libre.” In the process, he upends not just the macho wrestling world but also his own life. Throughout the movie we see Cassandro dealing with homophobia both in and outside of the ring. 

Based on a true story, Cassandro Consistently making trips across the border to Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, he engages in lucha libre wrestling matches. Adopting the ring name El Topo, his wrestling journey takes a turn when he encounters a new mentor, Sabrina. Upon her suggestion, he embraces a new persona as an exótico, transforming into Cassandro and experiencing a surge in success.

Allegedly, he adopted the name Cassandro as a tribute to Cassandra, a brothel keeper in Tijuana whom he had previously known. He held great admiration for her commitment to help the poor and homeless in her local area. Most éxoticos used to be portrayed by heterosexual men with exaggerated depictions of queer individuals, but Cassandro stood out as a unique exception.

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With the special appearance of Bad Bunny as Felipe who is Lorenzo’s eager and charismatic assistant who is assigned to cover any of Cassandro’s needs. Felipe and Cassandro develop a special connection that seems to extend beyond work. Among other actors such as Roberta Colindrez as Sabrina, Perla De La Rosa as Yocasta, Joaquín Cosío as Lorenzo, Raúl Castillo as Gerardo, and El Hijo del Santo.

This exciting movie is not just another sports movie but also touches on important topics of the LGBTQIA+ community and aims to tell the story of an individual who changed the Lucha Libre industry in 1980s Mexico. 

This movie is exclusively available in Prime Video 

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