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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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Menno Meyjes

Writer:

Menno Meyjes
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Cast

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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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.


Certificate:

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Language:

English | Spanish

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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Technical Specs

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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 »

Goofs

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": It's not about what you do on a good day. It's what you do on a bad day.
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Connections

References Captain Blood (1935) See more »

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A matadors mistress was everything I expected from 2 of my favorite actors
7 February 2020 | by coxjames-77901See all my reviews

I found this movie looking through dvds at a dollar store. After I watched it, it almost felt like an insult that it was in that store. To me this movie is priceless. I've always romanticized THE TORRIDER, THE CORRIDOR . Everything involved in this gruesome Spanish tradition. I couldn't imagine anyone else but ADRIEN BRODY portraying the maestro, Manolete. His infatuation with death and the dreams that eventually become a tragic reality. Penélope Cruze just saying her name gives me that chill on my skin that feels like the hairs are about to stand up. Again in this film her unique beauty make me not notice if there are any other females in this film. She portrayed LUPE as though she had reincarnated. I loved the score, the way they incorporated the cloudy vibrant colors you actually see at a bullfight from the dirt being kicked in the air by EL TORRO. Much like you'd see in one of the famous paintings of a bullfight. The ending. Wow! In the tradition of many of the Spanish directed films. I felt like someone reached deep into my soul and pulled my heart out. I cried. Out loud. I finally in my 40's learned to cry. I'm not ashamed to say that. This film left me melancholy . But also a warm feeling. I'd just learned the story of a mans life who was lucky enough to experience a beautiful love affair. Tragic but the kind people dream of. OLE' j.a. Cox


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