RED ROCKET

US / US CINEMA

US 2021, 128 min Director Sean Baker

Filmmaker Sean Baker continues the hot streak he started with indie smashes Tangerine and The Florida Project (MVFF 2017) with this engrossing tragicomedy about a washed-up former porn actor who returns home to Texas. Simon Rex gives a revelatory performance as Mikey, who years ago followed dreams of stardom to L.A., and now pretends he’s a bigger deal than he actually was. Part character study, part social commentary—the contentious runup to the 2016 presidential election serves as the backdrop—Red Rocket is a brilliantly unflinching portrait of a hustler. It’s a testament to Rex’s sneaky charm that you almost root for this callous schemer. He’s matched by newcomer Suzanna Son, electric as a flirtatious teen Mikey tries to seduce. After its triumphant premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Baker’s latest exploration of American life is ready to introduce audiences to one of the year’s most fascinating scoundrels. You may despise Mikey, but you’ll never forget him. –Tim Grierson

Our Spotlight program features a screening of Red Rocket  and an onstage conversation with Simon Rex.

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Saturday, October 9, 6:30pm, Smith Rafael Film Center (Spotlight program)

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DIRECTOR

Sean Baker is a director, writer, producer, editor, and cinematographer who made his first feature, Four Letter Words, in 2000. He has made six more features to date, among them, Starlet (2012), winner of the Robert Altman Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards; Tangerine (2015); and The Florida Project (MVFF 2017).

FILM INFO

COUNTRY:US
YEAR:2021
RUNNING TIME:128 min
LANGUAGE:English
DIRECTOR:Sean Baker
WRITERS:Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
PRODUCERS:Sean Baker, Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks, Shih-Ching Tsou
CINEMATOGRAPHER:Drew Daniels

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