Directed by Pedro Almodóvar • 1986 • Spain
Starring Nacho Martínez, Antonio Banderas, Assumpta Serna
Once-great Spanish matador Diego (Nacho Martínez) has been retired from the ring by a gruesome gore wound. Diego is idolized by Ángel (Antonio Banderas), who seeks out Diego’s assistance in preparing for a bullfighting career despite his squeamishness. To prove his “machismo,” Ángel attempts to rape Diego’s girlfriend, setting in motion a chain of events that will draw Diego and a femme-fatale attorney (Assumpta Serna) into a lurid web of sadomasochistic violence and reveal their most perverse desires.