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The Matador (2008)

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The epic tale of David Fandila's quest to become the world's top-ranked bullfighter.

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We follow David Fandila, "El Fandi" (1981- ), in 2003, 2004, and 2005, three bullfighting seasons in Spain, as he seeks to become the 13th person in history to kill 100 bulls in a season. His older brother dedicated his life to being David's second. He sees little of his fiancée. His parents also assist his success. We watch him train and then fight: he's swift and theatrical. His is one of several voices explaining the sport and its meaning in Spain. Protestors speak out as well. Injury is close at hand. We watch El Fandi in surgery after a goring; he returns that day to the ring. We see gallantry, courage, and showmanship. Will he reach his goal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 June 2010 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Not to be confused with the Pierce Brosnan thriller of the same name, this is a documentary about Spaniard David Fandila, a man on a rather bloody mission. Following Fandila on his three-year quest to become Spain's top-ranked bullfighter —a quest that can involve up to a hundred 'matches' per season—The Matador offers fascinating insights into this traditional blood sport. It's definitely not a film for the PETA-inclined (in fact, it's a pretty hard slog for anyone disinclined towards animal cruelty), but is a riveting look at dedication and obsession—in one segment, Fandila defeats six bulls in one day, then heads to the hospital to have his gored abdomen repaired!


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