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La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969)




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Religious pilgrims Pierre (Paul Frankeur) and Jean (Laurent Terzieff) journey to a shrine in the north of Spain. Their faith is severely tested by some of the irreverent characters they confront in the course of their pilgrimage. Even chance meetings with Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Devil are not quite what Pierre and Jean have been prepared for in their religious training. Filmmaker Luis Buñuel's ongoing disdain of Roman Catholicism reaches a satiric pinnacle in The Milky Way, which contains all the logic of a daydream and all the reverence of breaking wind at the Confessional. Need we add: this is not a remake of the 1936 Harold Lloyd comedy The Milky Way.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2007
Media Home Entertainment


Delphine Seyrig
as The Prostitute
Edith Scob
as Virgin Mary
Alain Cuny
as Man with Cape
Francois Maistre
as French Priest
Claude Cerval
as Brigadier
as Mother Superior
Julien Bertheau
as Maitre d'Hotel
Ellen Bahl
as Mme. Garnier
Michel Piccoli
as The Marquis
Agnes Capri
as Lamartine Institutio...
Michel Etcheverry
as The Inquisitor
Pierre Clémenti
as The Devil/Angel of D...
Georges Marchal
as The Jesuit
Jean Piat
as The Jansenist
Denis Manuel
as Rodolphe
Daniel Pilon
as Francois
Julien Guiomar
as Spanish priest
Marcel Peres
as Spanish Innkeeper
Augusta Carriere
as Sister Francoise
Jean-Daniel Ehrmann
as Condemned Man
Pierre Lary
as Young monk
Bernard Musson
as French Innkeeper
Michel Dacquin
as M. Garnier
Pierre Maguelon
as Civil Guard Corporal
Marius Laurey
as Blind Man
Jean Clarieux
as Apostle Peter
Christian Van Cau
as Apostle Andrew
Rita Maiden
as Priscillian's Daught...
Beatrice Constantini
as Priscillian's Daught...
Claude Jetter
as Virgin in Spanish In...
Jacqueline Rouillard
as Restaurant Maid
Jose Bergosa
as Priscillian's First ...
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Critic Reviews for La Voie lactée (The Milky Way)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

Everything is photographed straightforwardly, in cheerful but not bilious color, and seen with documentary-like clarity.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A bit of a poor relation among the magnificent films of Buñuel's late period, but rarely shown and well worth seeing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Has some laughs mostly at the expense of Catholic dogma.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

You can feel the master laughing heartily at his own hijinks, and that takes away all pretension and makes the film interesting.

Full Review… | September 13, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Though not unanimously considered one of the director's greatest works, The Milky Way may be one of his most poignant explorations of true spirituality ...

Full Review… | August 27, 2007
DVD Review

Audience Reviews for La Voie lactée (The Milky Way)


Two down and out men travel from France to Spain for a pilgrimage, along the way meeting various absurd characters who illustrate historical Christian heresies. A remarkable Surrealist assault on religious dogmatism and hypocrisy, often using the Church's own texts against them, but it's so academic that it sometimes feels like it's all from the head, with no heart involved at all.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


This one made little sense to me, Had hard time telling where I was in the film or if I was even watching the same movie at times.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A more modern and surralistic take "thy old pilgrimage". Bunuel is in a way critical of the religion itself which he is folding his story around, the christendom. A messy pilgrimage it is, stumbling across lots of events with roots from biblotic tales.

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