Sand And Blood

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Slow-moving but richly atmospheric, this competently made French production tells the story of a young matador, of his eventual disdain for his profession, and of the friendship that brings about his conversion. Set in the south of France, it stars Patrick Catalifo as a French bullfighter, and Sami Frey as a Spanish expatriate doctor and musician. Frey...read more

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Slow-moving but richly atmospheric, this competently made French production tells the story of a young matador, of his eventual disdain for his profession, and of the friendship that brings about his conversion. Set in the south of France, it stars Patrick Catalifo as a French

bullfighter, and Sami Frey as a Spanish expatriate doctor and musician. Frey is on hand when Catalifo is injured in a traffic accident, and treats the young matador. A friendship quickly develops between the two, and Catalifo invites Frey to a bullfight. Though she hates the "sport," Frey attends

the fight but ends up leaving in disgust. When the two meet later, Frey explains that his aversion to bullfighting is an outgrowth of his painful memories of life in Spain under the repressive Franco regime. This prompts Catalifo to reconsider his choice of profession, which until this point he

has seen simply as a way out of poverty. With the help of cinematographer Andre Neau, writer-director Jeanne Labrune has created a film that is suffused in the atmosphere of the bull ring. Labrune's graphic re-creation of the bullfights is often spectacular, but, like the director's careful

rendering of the matadors' preparations, these sequences retain a documentary-like quality that illustrates both the glamour and the ritual of a matador's life. Moreover, Labrune's pursuit of realism is nicely augmented by convincing performances from Frey, Catalifo, Stephane Albouy, Clementine

Celarie, and Andre Dussollier.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Slow-moving but richly atmospheric, this competently made French production tells the story of a young matador, of his eventual disdain for his profession, and of the friendship that brings about his conversion. Set in the south of France, it stars Patrick… (more)

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