Matador

1986 [SPANISH]

Drama / Thriller

4
IMDb Rating 7 10 10757

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Cast

Pedro Almodóvar as Francisco Montesinos
Carmen Maura as Julia
Assumpta Serna as María
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Spanish 2.0
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24 fps
1 hr 46 min
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Spanish 2.0
NC-17
24 fps
1 hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by j30bell 9 / 10

Esta película de Puta Madre!

Matador is one of the strangest, darkest, (and yet compelling) early films from Spanish master filmmaker Pedro Amoldovar.

It is completely nuts.

Pour in equal measures of sadism, masochism, bullfighting, perverted sexuality, and sexual violence. Add in a splash of comedy and soupcon of star-crossed lovers (if, for a moment, you thought pairing Tybalt and Lady McBeth qualified as star-crossed) and you have what passes as characterisation. Mix dark nights with gaudy flamenco colours and you have some striking cinematography. I'll come to the plot in a minute…

Amoldovar was clearly enjoying Spanish cinema's new-found, post-Franco sexual and artistic liberalism. The prudish among his audience might suggest he was positively wallowing in it. Whatever the truth, Matador is a masterpiece of his style, if not, indeed, a whole style in of itself.

The plot – or possibly a better description, the tapestry over which the characters move – is a murder hunt. Very few prizes will be won, however, for guessing the culprit/s. Two people are quickly in the audience's frame because they are shown… er… murdering people on camera. A third person (Banderas, in to my mind his best Amoldovar role) confesses to the murders in a fit of insecurity and remorse over an attempted rape ("some girls get all the luck" comments a female duty officer dryly, proving that feminism wasn't that big in Spain back in the 1980s). Nevertheless, the net soon closes on the crushingly obvious culprits (who in the meantime have developed quite a crush on each other). As previously mentioned, completely nuts.

Matador's strengths are in its characterisation and its sheer bare-facedness. Amoldovar has, as usual, assembled a character list of freaks and proceeded to humanise all of them – to the point where there is a genuine whiff of tragedy in the final act. To mention the great performances is really to rehearse the cast list. Assumpta Serna, Nacho Martinez, Antonio Banderas and Eva Cobo are all excellent. And it really is worth seeing, just for the young Antonio.

There are some interesting points made in the film about outsiders, liberalism, sexual politics and gender politics (as always with Amoldovar). I'll let you pick through them. It is, though, not so much a film as a giant red rag to the raging bull of conservatism, deftly whisked aside to the ragged applause of an admiring, if somewhat perplexed, audience. A positive Jimi Hendrix of a film, unpolished, with some definite dud notes, but undeniably the work of a genius. 8½/ 10

Reviewed by manxman-1 9 / 10

The ultimate in eroticism.

Spoilers herein! Forget all the other movies labeled as erotic. This is the one. Elegant, classy, sophisticated. Pitch black comedy so dark it will take you ten or fifteen minutes to figure out the ongoing humor. A crippled matador, serial killer of prostitutes, who can only function sexually if his mistress pretends to be dead, has a psychic pupil (Antonio Banderas), sexually repressed, who confesses to the murders. Banderas is to be represented by a woman attorney (the fabulous Assumpta Serna!) - but she also is a serial killer, a woman who can only climax by killing her lovers at the moment of orgasm. When the matador and the attorney meet, a dance of death commences, each circling the other like bull and matador, each recognizing the other's propensities, each fighting to resist the insatiable passion that will lead them both towards certain death at the other's hands. A fascinating movie, laced with Almodovar's cynical sense of humor. Amazingly explicit love scenes with the gorgeous Assumpta Serna. Not for the unsophisticated or most Americans.

Reviewed by dromasca 8 / 10

early Almodovar, worth watching

It is very much worth watching this early film of Almodovar from 1986, with a painfully young Antonio Banderas also at one of his first major screen presences. As many of his latest great movies it's a film hard to put in a precise square, a combination of comedy and tragedy, of crime, love and corrida movie with a touch of absurd and a touch of passion taken directly from life.

Although many of the major themes of passion, sexual desire and ambiguity, relation between love and death are already present the movie is somehow simpler in action and easier to watch than some of the later films. The story of two sexual predators and murderers, united in life by the passion for bull fights and in death by their passion for each other is acted with accuracy by a good team of actors and directed with an already recognizable style by Almodovar. The hand of the young master is certainly already there, and the film ages well 20 years after is premiere.

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