Pedro Almodovar is one of those filmmakers who I've never been incredibly incredibly impressed with, given his reputation. I haven't seen all of his fims yet, but as of now his most recent, The Skin I Live In, is by far my favorite film of his. The major thing that stand about about Almodovar's work is his beautiufl, vivid production design. His films have a very unqiue look to them, making them easy to recognize, and together with the fact that his films tend to be unique stories set in an abnormal structure, I certainly appreciate his intentions. Matador is a film that explores the connection between love, lust and death. It's an interesting film in which every character is completely driven by their passions and desires. I found the sadomasochistic relationship between the matador and Maria to be the most interesting aspect of the film. One problem I feel that Almodovar's films have sometimes is that there depiction of the masculine and feminine overextends to the point of many characters becoming Archetypes in the Almodovar mold. No doubt, Almodovar has a keen understanding of the differences in emotions and feeling, but I think at times it just becomes a little too overbearing or dare I say one not for me. Matador is definitely an interesting, unique experience featuring some of Almodovar's best shot commpositions, but once again nothing about this film really blew me away.
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