The Matador (2008)

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This heroic tale chronicles David Fandila's quest to become the world's top-ranked bullfighter. Heart-wrenching setbacks and thrilling successes dramatize "El Fandi's" three-year journey across Spain and Latin America and into the pages of bullfighting history. It is a story of love--of a son for his family, of audiences for their heroes, of a people for their cultural traditions, and of the bullfighter's paradoxical love for the majestic beast that he must kill to create his art. As David … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Runtime:
City Lights Pictures

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

The Matador reserves judgment while raising the core issue concerning this traditional ritual: deep, poetic cultural expression or glorified animal cruelty?

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
L.A. Weekly
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[The filmmakers] capture the paradox of beauty and cruelty that charges their entire film. The Matador is rightly exciting -- and unsettling.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Mostly The Matador romanticizes a brutal tradition that has no place in the 21st century.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
New York Post
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Stripping away centuries of civilization, The Matador confronts something primal in human nature, daring us to do the same.

October 31, 2008
New York Times
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The Matador suffers from a very predictable, almost staged quality when capturing Fandila's unsequined life outside the ring.

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Time Out
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The Matador reserves judgment while raising the core issue concerning this traditional ritual: deep, poetic cultural expression or glorified animal cruelty?

Full Review… | October 29, 2008
Village Voice
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