Romance de Valentia (1994)

Genres - Drama, Sports & Recreation  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |  
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The cultural and philosophical significance of bullfighting is chronicled in this Dutch-British documentary. Much of the film chronicles the banner year (1992) in the career of Enrique Ponce, a 20 year old matador. It also examines the qualities that make an exceptional bullfighter such as charisma, bravery, feelings about death. Also explored are the religious aspects of bull fighting through film clips of dying matadors, mentors, funerals, baptisms, and working with the bulls before the fights. The tone of the film is objective. It culminates with a major bullfight between Ponce and a bovine foe so brave that the matador spares its life.

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bull, bullfighter, death, matador, spirituality