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This is a sensitive portrait of the family behind a century-old travelling circus in rural Mexico. Led by ringmaster father Tino, many of his family are devoted to their vanishing art form. However their lifestyle is one of endless loading and unloading, dwindling attendances, domestic squabbling and serious economic hardship, all causing strain on their unit. The film encourages debate around the moral and ethical questions of using young children and animals in such situations, and the detrimental effect it has on the children's education and social upbringing. Despite this, it's difficult not to will them to succeed and the film is a fascinating insight into a way of life and landscape rarely captured on film.
E means that the film's distributor believes the film to be 'exempt' from a BBFC age rating. E certificate films are often designed to inform, educate or instruct.
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