The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972)



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In typical Luis Buñuel fashion, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie surrealistically skewers the conventions of society. Buñuel applies his surrealist touch to a mundane event: a dinner party that may never come to pass. A group of well-to-do friends attempt to gather for a social evening, but are thwarted at every turn. The initial problem seems to be a simple scheduling mistake, but the obstacles become more and more bizarre. At one point, the guests are interrupted at the table by an army … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Jean-Claude Carriere, Luis Buñuel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 19, 2000
20th Century-Fox

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Critic Reviews for The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (10)

Luis Buñuel's 1972 comic masterpiece, about three well-to-do couples who try and fail to have a meal together, is perhaps the most perfectly achieved and executed of all his late French films.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
Top Critic

The chic stylishness of the characters comes over as overbearing rather than satirically revealing.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Dreams nest within other dreams like so many Chinese puzzle boxes, while no dream belongs exclusively to a single dreamer, as though Buñuel were toying with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious.

Full Review… | November 21, 2012
Slant Magazine

A wonderful cast, which includes Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig and Jean-Pierre Cassel, help Buñuel go about his anarchic mischief...

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
This is London

An exotic and brilliant hothouse flower of a film.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)

If you have no sense of humor going into this, you wont get it at all. This film has a non-linear narrative where things just happen for the sole purpose of exploring the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie which the title tells us it's about. In other words it's a social critique of the upper classes. The way they react and behave in the situations in the film is very funny. I recommend this movie.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Luis Buñuel is an acquired taste that I sometimes have trouble acquiring. His films can be a little cryptic and transcendent (or confusing and pompous - depending on your point of reference). The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is an exercise in precise meandering that will either pull you along by your belt loops or leave you standing befuddled in its wake.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


The mere title of this satiric view of the upper crust spells out Luis Bunuels surrealistic take on the subject of the rich and particularly petty: the bourgeoisie. Supplementing an interesting cast with a cynical stance, Bunuel spices up the tragic circumstances of lust, greed, and sloth with gorey and/or unobtrusive dreams which are basic human fears and people's undoing. Eclectic, but not particularly funny, it's not only a piece of art, but a interest propaganda film on what's acceptable in our society.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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