Matador

Matador

DVD - 2007 | Spanish
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Pedro Almodovar's black comedy explores the relationship between a retired matador, his handsome protege and a beautiful but murderous lawyer.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Sony Pictures Classics : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2007].
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781424809523
1424809525
Branch Call Number: DVD Matador 7-DAY 1986
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
Feb 23, 2015

Ángel (a ridiculously young Antonio Banderas) is a wannabe bullfighter who faints at the sight of blood. Dominated by his crazy Catholic mother the confused young man is desperate to prove his manhood by any means possible, including a sexual assault on the fashion model next door. But when his attempt at rape garners him even more humiliation he “confesses” to a series of unsolved murders that have be plaguing Madrid. In the meantime Ángel’s matador instructor harbours an unhealthy fetish for snuff films while the female lawyer assigned to defend him has a few dirty little secrets of her own. And as if that is not enough his mother wants to disown him, the fashion model pities him, and the police inspector investigating the murders has grown a little too fond of him—and so has the inspector’s wife. Pedro Almodóvar’s lurid telenovela presents an uneasy mix of nihilistic humour and kinky sex which doesn’t quite hit the fever pitch of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" or the wry sensuality of "Live Flesh", but it does contain moments of pure transgression as he tries a bit too hard to equate carnal desire with violence using the bullring as an ongoing metaphor. Opening with the image of a man furiously masturbating to slasher films the tone is pretty well set and it then becomes more of an academic exercise to see how Almodóvar manipulates his stable of damaged Spaniards as they go about interacting with one another. Along the way there are some eye-catching visuals: Ángel’s overly pious mother is filmed through a pane of distorted glass and an avant garde fashion show shamelessly exploits domestic violence, but a perverse deus ex machina in the form of a climactic solar eclipse borders on overkill. Definitely not his best work, but his characteristically skewed takes on passion and morality are certainly on full display.

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sudog
Nov 22, 2014

Very good movie.

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eusebius
Nov 11, 2013

You won't remember the plot for long--I sure didn't--but the actors are memorable, particularly Assumpta Serna who is stunning.

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mbeblowski
May 07, 2012

Pedro Almodovar is a master of muted revelations, all is depicted visually with a dark humor and a lascivious wink. Instead of constructing a murder mystery, the audience is presented with the identity of the killer(s) immediately. What is really the essence of an extraordinarily explicit film is an indictment of voyeuristic visual pleasure, how representation of violence (as repugnant) still glorifies it and the audience participates in the act of murder on a symbolic and unconscious level. Matador is a brilliantly executed film, a disturbing and unsettling viewing experience...to reveal too many additional details would strip the film bare.

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TtamioO
Aug 19, 2011

A very young Antonio Banderes reminds one of Sal Mineo in Rebel Without A Cause. But the more interesting actors are the police detective, his psychiatrist girl friend. and the always humorous character actress, Chus Lampreave as the model's mother. The climax of this off-the-wall murder mystery is a killer, so to speak.

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