Devotion (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.


Incredible performances hindered by weak story

Insofar as it attempts to convey the depth of feeling engendered by the traditions and solemn ceremony of the bullfight, Devotion just about succeeds, powered by two stunningly intense performances from its male leads. However its story is too slight and its early stated aims to uncover the nature of the torero only partially met and too flippantly glossed, for it to leave any lasting effect.

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  • 2 stars

‘When a bullfighter closes his successful faena, mystery and beauty break out to some eternity instants, compared only to some poems by Quevedo, the music by Mozart and Beethoven or the paintings by Goya and Velazquez' (Mario Vargas Llosa). 'Bullfighting glorifies the systematic torture of a sentient animal in the name of…

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