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Tristana

Tristana (1970)

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100

Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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85

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Movie Info

Luis Buñuel's Tristana is a surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of the title character, who is portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Tristana is a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope (Fernando Rey), the protective but impoverished aristocrat. Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society. He takes advantage of the vulnerable Tristana, who leaves him when she falls in love

PG-13,

Art House & International, Drama

Jan 30, 1992

$4.8k

Cohen Film Collection

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

The rigid rituals of duty and honor form an inextricable bond of pleasure and degradation, of sex and death-and render sin all the more exciting.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society, the long-standing sexual double standard for men and one young woman's revolt against convention.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Driven by Deneuve's chilly sexuality, Tristana is hypnotically enigmatic.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Both leads give strong performances, and even though they don't engender an emotional response from viewers for most of the film their characters remain powerfully heartfelt creations.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

It's bitter, biting and brilliant.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Yes, it's more sex, satire and sadomasochism from Spanish maestro Luis Buñuel in this cynical black revenge-comedy.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

One of the greatest films from Buñuel's extremely rich late period.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Artforum
Artforum

Catherine Deneuve has never been more enigmatic, in all her icy blond authority.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

[A] Surrealist classic ...

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Flanked by late-period masterworks that represent the culmination and perfection of Buñuel's long-cherished obsessions, the film is often relegated to the role of overlooked middle child.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A restrained black comedy.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

"Tristana" is a sly feminist treatise about an escape from patriarchal subjugation that comes with its own set of physical obstacles.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A tauting black comedy with Surrealist touches. Bunuel's reworking of Benito Perez Galdos' novel, like all the works of this prolific filmmaker, has much beneath its surface.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fans of the director are likely to see Tristana as a routine facsimile of both Él and Viridiana.

September 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Arguably among Buñuel's most accessible films, Tristana illustrates how the director channeled his personal vision into his work, even when the outcome was more mundane than his most lauded surrealist works.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Tristana

An old man (Fernando Rey) becomes obsessed with an beautiful orphan girl (Catherine Denueve) whom he adopts; she leaves him but returns when she loses her leg. All of Luis Bunuel's usual intelligence and obsessiveness is on display here, but there's little passion or magic in this melodrama that's only slightly twisted. TRISTANA serves as a breather between the masterpieces BELLE DE JOUR and DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE.
May 22, 2013
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Greg S

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Pretty interesting but nothing special.
November 16, 2009
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Stefan P

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Any time Bunuel and Deneuve team up you're in for a treat.
June 10, 2008
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