Bull gorings, sexual desire, religious conflict, and absurdist black comedy – all par for the course with Almodóvar, but on delirious display in this early tour-de-force. Angel Jiminez (played by a crisp, young Antonio Banderas) is a student matador who, suffering from vertigo, is prone to bouts of real and imagined sexual violence. Angel confesses to several murders he did not commit, and from there, well – let’s just say this is a procedural by way of Pialat. Bursting with color, feverish with dream-logic, and finely-paced, Matador, along with Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, is Almodóvar beginning to find his mojo.

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 1986, DCP, 110min

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