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Tristana

Tristana (1970)

tomatometer

100

Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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85

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 2,895

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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 (20) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

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
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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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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Viridiana is his undoubted masterpiece, but Tristana is more pure and more consistent, less ambiguous and more complex.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Buñuel conjures with Freudian imagery, outrageous humor, and a quiet, lyrical camera style to create one of his most complex and complete works, a film that continues to disturb and transfix.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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

One of Bunuel's most perverse and personal films.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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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