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as Maria Cardinal
as Angel Gimenez
as Diego Montes
as Eva Soler
as Police Inspector
as Flower Vendor
as Asistenta Maria y Diego
as Chica Ana
as Policia #2
as Tata Angel
Critic Reviews for Matador
It's a useful look at this Spanish auteur finding his way but lacks the elan of his later work.
The movie looks terrific and is acted with absolute, straight-faced conviction by the excellent cast...
A consistently audacious fantasy of sex and violence set in a modern-day Madrid where everyone is ready to surrender to his or her particular passions.
Murder, mutilation, suicide and rape...[are] just a few of Matador's popcorn-incompatible themes. But [Almodovar] swirls his cape over these chargers so imaginatively, shamelessly and inventively, his flamboyance wins the day.
The sincerity here is of a special cracked sort -- the brand that induces laughter but is undiminished by it.
Audience Reviews for Matador
Looking past all the absurdities the film has to offer, Matador is essentially a dark romantic comedy at its core. With passion and obsession meeting fueling the characters' actions, Almodvar steps up and shows audiences he isn't afraid to tell original stories.
An unlikely love affair emerges between two serial killers, one is a thrill-seeking ex matador and the other a gorgeous and twisted defense attorney. To say that a Pedro Almodóvar film revolves around an odd set of circumstances is like pointing out that Yul Brenner is bald or that Truman Capote was gay. It's just something that's understood. And true to his nature, Almodóvar approaches this bizarre situation without judgment or preconception. Part of his genius lies in his assumption that audiences are basically intelligent and, when given enough information, are perfectly capable of drawing their own conclusions. Another perspicacious offering from the underrated Spanish master.
torture porn? necrophilia? that's just the first five minutes...then it gets weird. one twisted and hilarious waltz of sex and death
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