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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.

Director:

Menno Meyjes

Writer:

Menno Meyjes
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Manolete
Penélope Cruz ... Lupe Sino
Santiago Segura ... Guillermo
Juan Echanove ... Pepe Cámara
Ann Mitchell ... Doña Angustias
Josep Linuesa ... Enrique de Ahumada
Nacho Aldeguer ... Luis Miguel Dominguín
Pedro Casablanc ... General
Enrique Arce ... Dominguín Manager
Tomás Pozzi ... Dealer
Jorge Cabezas Jorge Cabezas ... Fascist
Xavier Martinez Xavier Martinez ... Journalist in Dª Angustias House (as Xabier Martinez)
Berta de la Dehesa Berta de la Dehesa ... Manolete's Sister 1
Natalia Moreno Natalia Moreno ... Manolete's Sister 2
Pablo Calvo Pablo Calvo ... Husband 1
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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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Trivia

In Iberia in the era of this film it was common to display your wealth by having at least one prominent gold tooth - this is still usual in the African continent - and is for show, having nothing to do with a dental repair. Lupe Sino is depicted as enjoying the company of men, is frequently called a "whore" by Manolete's entourage (who disapprove of the relationship because they fear for their own status), and has a basket-crown on her upper left incisor - this is not the habit of a "respectable" woman in 1940s Spain. When she has it removed she shows Manolete by tapping her front tooth and saying "Look, respectable" and there is a huge close-up of her front teeth. Also, during the course of the film her wardrobe and hair-style become gradually less gaudy - her way of showing Manolete that she is willing to settle down and become a "respectable" woman he can marry. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete": It's not about what you do on a good day. It's what you do on a bad day.
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Referenced in The Bull and the Ban (2014) 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 cosmo_tigerSee 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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Language:

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Release Date:

31 March 2010 (France) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$724,785
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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