La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969)




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Two French pilgrims leave Paris to visit the tomb of Spanish Saint John de Compostello. There motives are not purely religious as one man wishes to defy God and the other to find a good place to beg. Along the way, the men meet God, Jesus, Mary, Satan and a host of other characters from the Bible. Also shown is an escaped lunatic priest and a policeman who engage in a conversation over the literal Biblical words given in the communion ritual. Mary also talks Jesus out of shaving his beard in … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere
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On DVD: Aug 28, 2007
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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
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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
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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

(1969 Director: Luis Buffuel) I rented this one from Netflix in search of some interesting French films, Clearly I had not understood the subject mtter of this film. It is at times somewhat surrealistic vision of the path of pilgriumage to the ancient St. James journey in C.* del Apostele in Spain's shrine. This is an age-old pilgrimage.

The 2 lead characters are street people, down on their luck men, one younger and one older, who for the most part walk along the road their path of pilgrimage and encounter along the way some moving and many times unexplainable events....

Without much use at all of special effects there are in this 1969 film very mystical spiritual "conversation" throughout with many metaphors and occurrences beyond explanation. This pilgrimage is one that has been traveled from France (Paris in the case of the 2 homeless men as lead characters in this film). The Virgin Mary appears at one time; however, often the apparitions are rathr dark, though usually well-intentioned toward this deparate duo.

I am a student of French & as such mesmerized by the vastly unique and ultra conservative views of the French. Perhaps that is one reason why the French language itself does not change, morph unlike practically EVERYTHING about our American English language.

The movie at the end credits the many Catholic cathedrals and dogma which are debated throughout this "journey."

Teresa S

Super Reviewer

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