The film casts two Academy Award winners to tell the story of the Spanish bullfighting legend- Manolete (Adrien Brody) and his love affair with actress Lupe Sino (Penelope Cruz) in the 1940’s. Their love affair was a scandal due to Lupe Sino’s relation to the communist party and the death of Manolete. Many believe it was Manolete’s tempestuous relationship with Lupe Sino that led to his dramatic death at the age of 30.
A Matador’s Mistress premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2008 under the working title Manolete and has been praised for Brody and Cruz’s moving performances as well as the art direction and cinematography.
The movie finally made it’s way to the US in August. The reviews are mixed, however I always love a true story. Despite the long history and popularity of bullfighting in Barcelona, in 2010 it was banned in the Catalonia region. (Good news!)