Toro Negro (2006)




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Fernando Pacheco, aka El Suicida, is a young bullfighter who doesn't fight in the great arenas of Mexico, but rather in the popular festivals of the small Mayan communities of the Yucatan Peninsula. With unbelievable, and at times disturbing, closeness, documentary filmmakers González-Rubio and Carlos Armella follow Pacheco's life in and out of the bullring. A warm-hearted and honest character, Pacheco is a man whose self-destructive behavior - heavy alcohol and drug use, even in the ring - bring his private life and public performance to extremes of insanity. But it is ultimately Pacheco's wife (who is also his manager) who pays the highest price for his behavior, and the camera relentlessly stays on their relationship, even during the crude scenes of domestic violence.


Critic Reviews for Toro Negro

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

A disturbed young matador stabs animals, beats his wife and drinks himself to the edge of oblivion in this harrowing, deeply suspect documentary.

Mar 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Black bull, no kidding.

Mar 28, 2006

Black Bull purports to show what helmers call 'passion of human conflict' but becomes fixated instead on sordid personal lives at expense of drama within the ring.

Oct 13, 2005 | Full Review…
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Pachero's life suggests a soap caught in perpetual loop.

Mar 19, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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