J’adore Penelope Cruz! Not only because she is that beautiful, but I literally spent yesterday watching two of her movies and found it highly productive to find muse. Both movies were recommended by Melissa. The first was ‘A Matador’s Mistress‘ starring Adrian Brody and Penelope Cruz in a 1940’s Spain setting. It  was a story of the life of Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez, also known as Manolette,  the best matador ever known to date. The movie depicted his short life and the love that led him to his death. He was madly in love with Lupe, acted out by Penelope Cruz. And the movie plotted the morning when he was about to meet his last bull fight, time took him to go back to what matters most in his life: Lupe. It was a passionate and intense movie of loving and never giving a chance to let the one you love leave your thoughts. The time traveling plot carried us around to Cordoba, Madrid, Linares, and Mexico with the classic Mediteranian breeze that seemed to come out of the screen.

I adore the movie and the detailed pattern it built, literally and figuratively. The vintage fabrics and dresses the ladies wore, the beads that went to the matador’s outfit, the fenced terrace where Lupe dried her linens, the little boys with dirt covering their clothes and faces, or even the arrogance of a bullfighter in his court.

Now, I am making a list of movies that I’d propose to Melissa for our next productively inspired movie session. xRs.


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