The Mystery of the Pink Flamingo

Flamingos are rather intriguing birds. Beautiful and distinct. Mysterious and elegant. All kinds of things. That is why so many people love these birds. One person, shall we say, preoccupied with the flamingo is sound engineer and the film’s interviewer, Rigo Pex.

This documentary, directed by Javier Polo, is as stand out as the bird it concerns itself with. Done in a very non-traditional style, which should not come as a surprise as it involves pink flamingos and John Waters, it is a film which does not attempt to explain or investigate the bird. Rather it is Pex’s attempt to understand why humans have latched onto the bird as they have.

The film takes shape from many of Rigo Pex’s waking moments being “invaded” by flamingos. They were finding themselves into his dreams almost as if they were stalking him. Not able to get them out of his mind, he decides to investigate. In the form of a film.

In this search he certainly does not talk to scientists or bird experts. It certainly is an eclectic gang of interviews. They include members of the pop band Kero Kero Bonito, who have a song called “Flamingo”, director of the iconic cult film Pink Flamingo, Eduardo Casanova, Allee Willis, and internet sensation Pink Lady.

Complete kitsch in its style, look and approach, this is a weird film in all the good ways. Different and a visual treat, The Mystery of Pink Flamingo, doesn’t limit itself to the live bird, but also investigates the colour, plastic versions and art using the bird as inspiration. Perfect light film in these dreary times.

Seeing the bird as a sociocultural phenomenon, Pex goes to different sources to try to understand how they gained their influence. The more he learns about the bird the more he himself begins to change. We see his clothes evolve from black from head to toe to pieces exploding with colour. Flamingo influence illustrated at its most wackiest.

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