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Aaron Schock's acclaimed film, which has appeared at many world festivals and is the most recent winner of the Jury Award at the Hampton's International Film Festival, is one of the most compelling documentaries seen in years. Set in the cinematically rich milieu of a century-old traveling circus in rural Mexico, CIRCO follows the family-run "Circo Mexico" as they struggle to stay together despite mounting debt, dwindling audiences, and a simmering family conflict. The hardscrabble founders, the Ponce family, have lived and performed on the back roads of Mexico since the 19th… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Circo takes you to the edge of human experience on a path none of this summer's superhero daredevils would ever consider taking."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"Sort of a modern-day version of "Toby Tyler," only without a frisky, mischievous Mr. Stubbs as comic relief."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"The colors are vivid, the acrobats nimble, the animals impressive and the hard work of Ponce and his extended family has nobility and poignancy."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The real life the camera catches is naturally more dramatic and unexpected than any written scenario."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"...the kind of documentary that brings you to a different world and lifestyle."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
""Circo" is an amazing feat."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
""Circo'' offers a fascinating mix of backstage drama and family dynamics."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"Running off and joining the circus won't seem like such a fun idea after watching Circo."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Circo is touching as a personal family story, but extraordinary as a visual document of an eroding world, thanks to Schock's second job as an amazing cinematographer."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Captivating, unflinchingly honest and poignant."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"It says as much about human nature as it shows about struggling entertainers."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In "Circo," Aaron Schock documents the fearsome labor and intense willpower it takes to keep this shoestring show on the road, and the price paid by the family that runs it."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Circo ends somewhat arbitrarily and could benefit from a stronger conclusion, but its portrait of a lifestyle that's at once shabby and glittery is finely etched."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Besides documenting the life of a rural traveling family circus, Schock looks at how traditions of the past are challenged in today's world."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Circo has the succinct haunting contradiction of a good Steinbeck story, perhaps something out of Tortilla Flat."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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