Perdita Durango

on September 12, 1998 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
   A sequel of sorts to "Wild at Heart," based as that film was on a book by Barry Gifford and containing some of the same characters, "Perdita Durango" is as over-the-top as David Lynch's movie, only without any of his redeeming touches to make the crassness of the film more bearable.
   Rosie Perez is Perdita, a Latin femme fatale still reeling from the brutal murder of her sister by her brother-in-law. She hooks up with a scruffy preacher, Romeo Dolorosa (Javier Bardem); the two kidnap a young Anglo couple and their crime spree begins.
   Judging by how noisy, violent and empty the film is, Alex de la Iglesia must really want to work in Hollywood. Perez doesn't have that excuse, so why is she starring in a movie that reveals her physical attributes but drops her charm in the process? With its racist touches and gratuitous bloodletting, "Perdita Durango" is a movie that evokes the term sleazy.    Starring Rosie Perez and Javier Bardem. Directed by Alex de la Iglesia. Written by Alex de la Iglesia, Barry Gifford, Jorge Guerrica-echvarria and David Trueba. Produced by Andres Vincente Gomez. A Trimark release. Drama. English- and Spanish-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 119 min.
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