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Zona Rosa

Flyweight docu "Zona Rosa" is named after Mexico City's notorious pink zone district. But rather than providing an overview of the life there that was largely erased after filming ended -- officials forcibly cleaned up the district a la Disney's Times Square -- pic limits itself to perusing the sexy male strippers of the now-defunct club El Antro.

With:
With: Christian Miranda, Mily Miranda, Willy Rodriguez, Tito, Patrick, Jorge, Angelo, Paco, Mario.

Diverting, flyweight docu “Zona Rosa” is named after Mexico City’s notorious pink zone district. But rather than providing an overview of the life there that was largely erased after filming ended — officials forcibly cleaned up the district a la Disney’s Times Square — pic limits itself to perusing the sexy male strippers of the now-defunct club El Antro. Resulting eye-candy’s lack of depth suggests the project was a glorified excuse for the filmmakers’ slumming holiday. As such, it’s aud-friendly gay fest fare that should shake loose some change as a specialized DVD release.

A bit “La Cage aux folles,” El Antro attracted diverse audiences to its shows, which encompassed everything from Vegas-style drag and showgirl production numbers to gyrating go-go boys. Latter are an all-heterosexual crew (“supposedly,” house manager Willy smirks) who perform for both gay men and bachelorette-party women. Between their acts (a Batman strip, X-rated Mr. Banana Contest, etc.), offstage glimpses mostly center on buffed, handsome Christian, whose moral-high-road snobbery wears thin. Do the dancers also provide sexual favors? Are they really straight, or simply closeted? Despite a titillating, gossipy surface, pic reveals very little. Tech aspects are fair.

Zona Rosa

U.S.-Mexico

Production: A Jour de Fete Films presentation of a Tres Hermana Prods. production. Produced by Arturo Castelan, Mike Thomas, Dan Castle. Directed by Dan Castle.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Jeff Kurt Petersen; editor, Mel Rodriguez; music, Paul Frederick. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, June 23, 2005. Running time: 64 MIN.

With: With: Christian Miranda, Mily Miranda, Willy Rodriguez, Tito, Patrick, Jorge, Angelo, Paco, Mario.

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