Santa sangre, by Alejandro Jodorowsky
The surrealistic sight Leitmotiv Retrospective Session
Original title: Santa sangre
Running time: 123 min.
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Screenwriter: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Claudio Argento, Roberto Leoni
Music: Simon Boswell
Cinematography: Daniele Nannuzzi
Cast: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou, Sabrina Dennison, Adan Jodorowsky, Faviola Elenka Tapia, Teo Jodorowsky
Producer: Co-production Mexico-Italy; Produzioni Intersound / Productora Fílmica Real
Synopsis: A hallucinatory, dreamlike study of one individual’s disturbed psyche; the line between truth and imagination blurs in this surreal universe. A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre (“Holy Blood”), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he “becomes her arms” and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge.