Before winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Sean Baker made one of the best films of recent years and you can see it on Amazon Prime Video

Before winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Sean Baker made one of the best films of recent years and you can see it on Amazon Prime Video
Before winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Sean Baker made one of the best films of recent years and you can see it on Amazon Prime Video

A dissection of a man of unquestionable charisma, but with more face than back

For a fairly young filmmaker, winning a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival can be an amazing platform that allows new relevance to be shed on their previous work, as may be the case of Justine Triet with ‘Anatomy of a Fall’. It can also simply be a confirmation for a firm and upward trajectory.

It could have perfectly been the case of Ruben Östlund (although it can be argued that he has won two Palmes for his worst films), but it certainly applies to Sean Baker, who with his ‘Anora’ triumphing becomes like one of the most interesting authors of American cinema. A reputation that has been built since independence and from a special sensitivity, which has led to other great films like ‘Red Rocket’.

The rogue returns to the city

His previous film ‘Anora’ is also one of the best films released in this five years, also present at the Cannes Festival of its year. A sensational look at the smallest United States, and also at a most inappropriate subject, played brilliantly by Simon Rex, which today can be seen streaming through Amazon Prime Video.

Rex plays Mikey Saber, a porn actor whose best period is long behind him. Desperate and abandoned, he leaves California to return to his roots, to a small Texas town where be able to find yourself again. Although no one there especially missed him, he will have to win his favor as well as that of some strangers, such as that of a 17-year-old girl who works in a donut shop.

The premises of Baker’s films often have a mix of different films, combining social drama with provocation. However, her approach never turns out to be a glorification of poverty, nor does she want to cheaply touch one’s nose. Instead, she is able to expose the lie of the American dream of a surprisingly light and also moving way.

‘Red Rocket’: the lies of the American dream

Because the easy thing would be to squirm with pleasure denouncing this character, but the director is not interested in that film. He is able to be scathing with him, but at the same time study him carefully. Have enough closeness to give us an authentic characterwith all its grays in sight so that the viewer naturally reaches the pertinent conclusions.

Again, ‘Red Rocket’ presents a series of elements that would have gone wrong in more inexperienced hands, or in a desire to give themselves self-importance by touching on these themes. Instead we have a great tragicomedy about a rogue, someone with a charisma that is unquestionable, but who is totally pernicious and that ends up taking root in everyone around him. Is another outstanding film in a career that has never stopped surprising.

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