In 1937 Spain is in the midst of a brutal war, and an entire circus troupe is consigned to the national army. One of those is the ‚ÄúFunny Clown‚Äù, who goes on to fight an entire brigade of loyalists but is captured afterwards.
Years later, in 1973, his son Javier dreams of following in his father’s footsteps but can’t raise a laugh as a clown. Instead he joins the circus as the ‚ÄúSad Clown‚Äù. Once there, a fierce rivalry with the troupe’s ‚ÄúHappy Clown‚Äù Sergio develops over a beautiful blonde performer called Natalya.
This film won two awards at the Venice Film Festival for Direction and Screenplay, and is a vibrantly surreal portrayal of Spain’s civil war.