As follow-up to his chilling 2007 horror feature The Appeared, writer-director Paco Cabezas has crafted Neon Flesh, a high-adrenaline, Spanish crime thriller that contains a surprisingly sentimental mother-son tale at its core.
Mario Casas, who drew notice in his native land of Spain in 2010 for his eye-catching turn in the romantic drama Three Steps Above Heaven stars as Ricky, a young hustler who was forced to become street-smart at age 12, when his mother was sent up the river for prostitution. But as the end of her sentence draws near, their reunion is imminent and Ricky wants to pay tribute to his beloved mother, by starting a brothel where they can pimp and ho as a son-mother team. Fair warning: the trailer embedded below is packed with glitzy decadence, foul language, brutal violence, and frank nudity. So, simply put, it's NSFW.
As you can imagine with this unconventional family business in its set-up, Neon Flesh is a far from standard crime caper. Ricky breaks all manner of laws and boundaries to start his brothel, including human trafficking, kidnapping a pregnant illegal immigrant, and running afoul of a local drug dealer. Along for this savage and rough ride are Ricky's loyal though misguided best buds Angelito (Vincente Romero) and The Kid (Luciano Caceres), and a transsexual prostitute called Princess (Vincente Romero) who dreams of porn stardom.
Following a tour of international film festivals, Neon Flesh is set to make its U.S. debut on February 24th, when Tribeca Film will simultaneously release it in select theaters and On Demand nationwide.
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