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  • NC-17
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This twisted, brave, funny film from Spanish director Pedro Almodvar takes an unflinching look at the link between sex, death, and religion. Antonio Banderas stars as ngel, a sensitive student of matador Diego (Nacho Martinez), whose goring at the horns of a bull has left him obsessed with killing. In order to prove his manhood to Diego, the misguided ngel tries to rape his model girlfriend (Eva Cobo), and when that fails, he confesses to a string of murders he didn't commit. Mara (Assumpta Serna), a mysterious, attractive lawyer, takes his case but winds up falling for Diego, revealing some dark secrets of her own. The pair begin a beautifully doomed romance as a police inspector (Eusebio Poncela) begins to fathom who the real killer, or killers, may be. This was the fifth film from the talented Almodvar, and it reveals a true genius at work in his use of symbolic color, structure, metaphor, and homage to Hitchcock and Welles. MATADOR is fast-moving, disturbing, erotic, and undeniably brilliant in a way most American audiences may not be prepared for but should certainly seek out. Almodvar regulars Carmen Maura, Julietta Serano, Chus Lampreave, and Vernica Forqu costar.
  • Credits
    Nacho Martinez, Antonio Banderas, Vernica Forqu, Veronica Forque, Eva Cobo, Carmen Maura, Assumpta Serna
  • Critic Reviews
    "....Almodovar's directorial fluency and daring in MATADOR confirm him as the most interesting and exciting film-maker working in Spain today..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Insistently raffish....The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast..."
    New York Times

    "...Swift, coolly elegant....MATADOR is a marvelously fluid and darkly sensual film in which Almodovar elicits exquisitely controlled performances..."
    Los Angeles Times

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