Solving the problem of evil in the twenty-first century

Santa Sangre

A surrealistic film that involves true horror, psychological pain, and extremely dark humor, Santa Sangre tells the story of Felix, a man whose past environment shapes, distorts and haunts him. As a young boy, he grows up in a circus with his parents. His father, Orgo, is a knife thrower who is characterized by his large, bloated body as well as his overly sexual desires while his mother, Concha (Mexican slang for “vagina”), is the leader of a religious cult, Santa Sangre. Concha’s cult worships a saint, a little girl whose arms were cut off by rapists and was ultimately left to die in her own pool of blood. Around her blood, Concha’s church is built and in it contains a large pool of blood that is said to be “holy blood”. During a circus performance one day, Concha witnesses her husband running off with a tattooed lady to have sex. Enraged, she finds them, pours acid on her husband, and consequently gets her two arms chopped off by Orgo who proceeds to kill himself. All this in front of little Felix’s eyes. Felix ends up in a mental institution where he escapes when he hears and sees his armless mother out his window. From here, he literally becomes the arms and hands of his mother, standing behind her and slipping his own arms and hands (now with long nails and red nail polish) through the sleeves of his mother’s clothes and killing women at his mother’s bidding.

Without revealing too much about the film, Sante Sangre is ultimately a coming to age film. Felix struggles throughout the whole movie to find his identity as he is trapped by the memories of his childhood and the rules of his mother’s religion. Sante Sangre ultimately states that we are all formed by our families’ sins and beliefs and the only way to truly define oneself is to break free from all the rules and religion acquired from our parents.

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2 responses

  1. Akshata

    I’m not going to lie, the synopsis and trailer of the movie freaked me out. But it does go into the deeper view of a parents’ religious/beliefs on their children. You also did a good job wrapping it up in the end, where individualism is defined as a person who needs to break free from the memories and ways of one’s parents.

    May 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  2. ler884

    This very horrifying film would be a good example of how ones life is shaped by the ideologies given unto us through our parents. It could also serve as a good example of how the people in our lives can sometimes serve as certain types of devil figures by showing us horrible things and tempting us to become bad.

    May 13, 2011 at 2:40 am

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