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A Matador's Mistress (2008)

Manolete (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 31 March 2010 (France)
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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Guillermo
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Pepe Camará
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Doña Angustias
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Enrique de Ahumada
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Luis Miguel Dominguín
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General
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Apoderado de L.M. Dominguín
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Dealer
Jorge Cabezas ...
Fascist
Berta de la Dehesa ...
Hermana de Manolete
Xavier Martinez ...
Journalist in Dª Angustías House (as Xavier Martinez)
Natalia Moreno ...
Hermana de Manolete
Antonio de la Fuente ...
Cuñado de Manolete
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"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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$28,000,000 (estimated)
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Also known as the title "the passion within" in some countries See more »

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The young challenger matador's hat is missing as the camera moves from long shot to the close-up. He was in mid swing of his cape with nowhere he could have placed the cap, no one near enough to hand it to, and it is not on the ground. See more »

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Good acting, good scenery, good bullfighting scenes, OK movie. Slow but moving in parts, worth a watch. I say B-
7 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I'm just your mistress, Death is your wife." A true story about the love between Matador Manolete (Brody) and the woman he falls in love with Lupe Sino (Cruz). When aging bullfighter Manolete is told that a younger matador is as good or better then he is, he begins to try and cheat death even more. Will the love of Lupe help him in the ring, or endanger him? This is another very slow moving movie. The acting is very good and the scenery and bullfights are fun to watch and look at, but it just doesn't really seem to go anywhere sometimes. This movie is at its core a love story, mixed in with the action of the bullfight. There is actual footage of the real Manolete mixed in with the filmed scenes that is a very nice touch and adds to the experience. Not knowing anything about the real people or story I have no idea how accurate this is, but the love at times is tested to the limits. Overall I would say this is more of a movie that women will enjoy more then men, but it's not a horrible thing to have to sit through. I have sat through much, much worse. A very OK movie, nothing to special. I give it a B-.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I will.


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