A Matador's Mistress (2008)
"Manolete" (original title)

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The film starts in the trip from Sevilla to Linares, where Manolete stops in Córdoba to see his mother. He will be remembering some passages of his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lupe Sino
Juan Echanove ...
Pepe Camará
Josep Linuesa ...
Enrique de Ahumada
Luis Miguel Dominguín
Apoderado de L.M. Dominguín
Berta de la Dehesa ...
Hermana de Manolete
Natalia Moreno ...
Hermana de Manolete
Antonio de la Fuente ...
Cuñado de Manolete
Luis Hostalot ...
Sergio Otegui ...
Médico en el Hospital de Linares


"A Matador's Mistress" is a tragically eloquent dance of the cold brutality of uncommitted love and the high stakes of the Bullfight. Immerse yourself in the culture of Spain surrounding the age old traditions of the Matador. While the bullfight is controversial by today's standards, the ancient art-form is depicted with unflinching realism. The story is of man against beast, the bullfighter's zen, if you will; his nightly dance with death. A world-class lover enters his world; their code is their truth. Life being lived, edgy, relentlessly flirting with disaster, untamed, beautiful. Written by Amanda Abernathy

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He defied death like a god... he succumbed to love as a man.


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Release Date:

31 March 2010 (France)  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While in the car driving in the country the matador and his manager are talking about the three rules and the manager's cigarette switches sides of his mouth from shot to shot throughout the scene without the camera showing that he moved it in the previous shot. See more »


Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Christine (2013) See more »

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User Reviews

28 December 2014 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

nice costumes, great cast. and a lot of crumbs. the sin of film is the lost of story. nothing coherent, few poetic images, many good intentions and a fake result - too pink, too kitsch, too unrealistic. the solutions are many for save the story. but the great problem is the absence of a clear project. it is a film about corrida and a legendary matador, about love and infidelity, about the vulnerability of a hero but nothing profound - only a large collection of sketches without a real purpose. for Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz the film is only occasion for another role. but that is the basic problem. why that actors for a confuse project ?a film like many others. not bad. only uninspired.

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