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A Matador's Mistress (2008)

Manolete (original title)
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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Menno Meyjes

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Menno Meyjes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete"
Penélope Cruz ... Lupe Sino
Santiago Segura ... Guillermo
Juan Echanove ... Pepe Camará
Ann Mitchell ... Doña Angustias
Josep Linuesa ... Enrique de Ahumada
Nacho Aldeguer ... Luis Miguel Dominguín
Pedro Casablanc ... General
Enrique Arce ... Apoderado de L.M. Dominguín
Tomás Pozzi ... Dealer
Jorge Cabezas Jorge Cabezas ... Fascist
Xavier Martinez Xavier Martinez ... Journalist in Dª Angustías House (as Xavier Martinez)
Berta de la Dehesa Berta de la Dehesa ... Hermana de Manolete
Natalia Moreno Natalia Moreno ... Hermana de Manolete
Pablo Calvo Pablo Calvo ... Husband 1 (Cuñado de Manolete)
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Storyline

"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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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 March 2010 (France) See more »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)
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| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Also known as the title "the passion within" in some countries See more »

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During the final bull fight, Brody has blood on his cheek, then the blood disappears and then comes back again. See more »

Quotes

Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete": Now you see me how I really am.
Lupe Sino: And now I love you twice as much, papito. I thought you were born brave.
Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete": No. I was born not to care.
Lupe Sino: When you feel like this, do I help or do I make it worse?
Manuel Rodríguez Sánchez "Manolete": You do both.
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Toreador, this movie is in gold (dvd)
9 June 2013 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

I'm not really into Spain or bullfighting. So if this this movie just appealed at first for the dynamic Penélope, finally, it totally hooks me.

The first great thing is the talent of Adrian Brody. It's true as Pené said that he the most beautiful ugly man but he exudes such humanity that he is also the most underrated actor! Here, he is totally convincing as a legendary sportsman and shy boyfriend.

Next, the director (a newcomer for me) is talented as well: he has a great "eye" and offers totally stunning and poetic visuals: I like how he plays with Spain flag, with the washing as the red cape for the bull. He does the same parallel with love and bullfight. At the end, the use of revolving doors enhances a lot the drama. His cinematography is vivid, full of colors and we can really appreciate the Spanish culture (thus, I realized that it keeps its Arabic history as well).

At last, the two big themes (passion, bullfight) are depicted like a mystic experience. It's not just a simple romance but a burning love and bullfight is beyond sport, it's a tradition. So, as our two lovers are passionate but also defective, the movie heads full speed at a tragedy and the editing is totally right as it ticks like a clock, balancing with the past and present.

It's true that my French DVD is only 88 minutes and the movie is dynamic without time-out.

In conclusion, it's a superb surprise and I urge even the anti bullfight to watch it because it's not a absurd slaughter!


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