Tristana Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 14, 2014
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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 22, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.
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Chris Auty
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Viridiana is his undoubted masterpiece, but Tristana is more pure and more consistent, less ambiguous and more complex.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Bu˝uel 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.