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A Feature film by Eric Barbier

Produced by Vertigo Productions

Release in France : 19/01/2000

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Manuel, former star toreador from the nineties, exits from prison where he's served a two-year drug trafficking sentence. Having decided to sever ties with his past, he accepts a job working on a construction site. But his father, a feckless, sentimental crook, deeply in debt to gangsters, turns up and ruins his plans. All too soon, Manuel will be going down the dangerous path of night bullfights.


Bullfighting provided me with the codes, manners, and issues crucial to the tragedy of a character who leads a solitary life for secret, private reasons. It’s a story about unfortunate relations and impossible redemption, as well as about a social failure that transcends the specific features of any one country. The bullfighting takes place in the pitiless ring of society, which leaves no possibility of redemption for anyone who stumbles or falls. The bullfighting world is an extreme example of what’s happing in today’s society – fast money earned and lost, sudden success for winners and total oblivion for victims.

Eric Barbier, Director

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Executive Producers :

Aïssa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa, Manuel Munz

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Eric Barbier, Gaëlle Macé

Director of Photography :

Thierry Arbogast

Production Manager :

Bernard Bolzinger

Editor :

Jennifer Augé

Production Designer :

Javier Po

Costume designer :

Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Assistant directors :

Emmanuel Hamon, Manuel Gullon, Jorge Costa

Screenwriters :

Eric Barbier, Gaëlle Macé

Sound recordists :

François Waledisch, Dominique Gaborieau

Press Attachés (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas

Continuity supervisor :

Ana Silva

Music Composers :

Renaud Barbier, Jaime Iglesias

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Feature film

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1 h 25 min

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