El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, riding a horse through a spiritual, mystical landscape strewn with old Western movie, and ancient Eastern religious symbols. Bandits slaughtered a village on his path, so El Topo avenges the massacred, then forcibly takes their leader's woman Mara as his. El Topo's surreal way is bloody, sexual and self-reflective, musing of his own demons, as he tries to vanquish those he encounters.
written and directed by cast member, real life father and son playing father and son, midget, self immolation, murder, boy, church, social satire, political satire, dark hero, rape, lesbian kiss, revenge, racism, cult director, directed by star, begging, shot in the head, sex, revolver
It's tempting to say they don't make films like this any more, but I'm not sure anyone has ever made them like Jodorowsky.
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