A Matador's Mistress
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hot-tempered girlfriend Lupe Sino in director Menno Meyjes tale of love and bullfighting. The
film is set in 1940s Spain and tells the story of Manolete s romantic quest for Lupe Sino's heart,
which continued until 1947, when he died in the bull ring at age 30.
Top Customer Reviews
What is good about this movie is some of the old footage of the real Manolete in the ring. The fashions and the world of bullfighting as it was 60 years ago are a delight to watch. Penelope Cruz is always wonderful but the relationship portrayed with el diestro Manolete is mostly fiction. Adrien Brody's resemblance to Manolete is nothing short of uncanny.
The dialogue at the end, between the mistress and the manager, "So I killed him?" -- "No, we all killed him!"
I laughed aloud a few times, I liked what I thought of as the realism, the capturing of 1948 Spain (and 1952 Mexico), and the acting was superb throughout. I enjoyed the passionate, gritty, wailing flamenco singing. If bullfighting is as old as ancient Minoan tales, then this film has a timeless theme: that humanity, in courting its destiny, is courting its death.
Despite loving parts of this film, I would give it three stars because I just hated the bullfighting scenes, however well-done and choreographed they were, and they were brilliant! The whole animal cruelty aspect upset me, even knowing that the cattle whose flesh I roast on the barbecue each week die more horribly.
1. The director had all five star cliches he could party with:
2. The matador, played by an absolutely elegant Adrien Brody
3. The seductress with a past, that would drive men crazy- although the oh so beautiful Penelope did not need a fake ass to make her remarkable in that sense (that was kind of embarrassing.) Here, she blends Sophia Loren, Paz Vega and "Gilda".
4. The matador constant furious attraction for love-and-death
8. The traps and hardship behind success
9. The mother figure disputing the man with the seductress
Too many ingredients for a quick meal! He assembled enough to make an epic story. Instead, he had to condense it all in a short time, so that you feel like there is no main knot in the drama to be solved: a little bit of infidelity, a little bit of family issues, a little bit of the matador art by itself, and then a little bit of her past to add trouble here and there, but no depth in any questions. The actors do good and look so good, that we do wish we could relate to the characters more, maybe feel the passion that drives lovers into the dark pits of existence, but the chemistry does not happen.
Visually glamorous. Bad dialogues. No convincing emotion.
My suggestion: watch it before you buy it. See if it rocks your world.
Adrian Brody seemed a strange choice for a Spanish matador but looks a lot like Manolete and did credible job of portraying him.
The bullfight scenes are extremely realistic and convey much of what it feels like to attend a real bullfight,
Intriguing depiction of how an isolated ritualized life as a revered matador could have been disrupted by a self confident iconoclastic beautiful woman who doesn't accept male dominated society of bullfighting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well, I could not play it on my dvd. Maybe I should have known his.Published 8 months ago by Morten Kirkensgaard
I read that this version was badly cut from the European version. That explains why it doesn't really work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Promise
This is a great movie i dont know why it was not more popular. NO BULLS WERE EVEN USED IN THE FIGHT SCENES AND IT IS NOT REALLY ABOUT BULL FIGHTING ANYWAY !!!!Published 22 months ago by samuel g wagenseller
Item was listed as "new" but was received with a "previously viewed" sticker -- not sure of actual status of product -- yet to watch.Published on August 18, 2014 by D. Dowds
Beautiful, gorgeous, stunning. A movie depicting an embroiled love affair between to strong, beautiful people. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Nicholas Demko