Actually, every sentence that you lose about “Sky Rojo” before the start is tricky. In doing so, you not only risk spoiling something for others, but above all, spoiling their fun. Because it is great fun for a long time, what the Spaniard Álex Pina (53) cobbled together. Together with co-author and wife Esther Martínez Lobato (45), the “House of Money” creator has shaken a tumultuous action-break out of its sleeve.
And it works – cautiously told – something like this: At the foot of the Teide volcano on Tenerife there is a pouf in a lonely, desert-like landscape. It’s the brides club. And when it comes to chief pimp Romeo (Asier Etxeandia, 45), it’s the best brothel in the world.
Today, of all times, the prostitutes – because of a funeral service – are free for the first time in 15 months. At least that’s what they think, but Romeo sees it very differently and whistles everyone back to work.
It comes – let’s put it that way – to an unfortunate incident after which three of the light girls, more or less bloodied, rush off in a convertible.
Coral (Verónica Sánchez, 43), Gina (Yany Prado, 30) and Wendy (Lali Espósito, 29) are now on the run. On their heels: Romeo’s henchman, the Moisés brothers (Miguel Ángel Silvestre, 38) and Christian (Enric Auquer, 33). The two have acute aggression problems – combined with drug addiction.
In search of rescue, the three fugitives are quite creative, even if the possibilities are more than limited. Without a plan and with a lot of luck, they manage to stay alive for an hour every now and then.
As breathless as that sounds, it is too. In eight short (25 min.) Episodes you race towards the abyss with “Sky Rojo” like on a roller coaster with defective brakes. A road movie in eight bits that Robert Rodriguez (52) and Quentin Tarantino (57) would have been delighted with.
Serious moments break through the colorful orgy of images, in which a «Pulp Fiction» moment or a «From Dusk Till Dawn» reference (no, no vampires!) Creeps up again and again.
Again and again one of the women speaks from the off and reveals wisdom from the life of a prostitute. Would you like an example? “Worse than the image the world has of a hooker is the image that a hooker has of the world.” So nothing is nicely colored.
And if you think the title “Sky Rojo” is based on a sky on the Canary Islands that is reddened by the setting sun, you can turn around right away.
It’s a play on words. “Escay rojo” is the red synthetic leather (sofa) on which women sit every day and wait for potent customers.
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Published: 03/23/2021, 5:35 p.m.