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Tristana Reviews

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May 7, 2014
Not one of Buñuel's best but the talent involved and the ideas at play definitely make this a film worth watching.
April 5, 2014
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Tristana was a film that came late in Luis Buñuel's career, but it's still one of his finest. The man was no slouch when it came to his approach of male and female relationships in his films. His examinations of this dynamic were often left open to interpretation, but in this case, he seems to leave a little more on the table, rather than under it. Catherine Deneuve's character goes through an enormous change, and even though her motivations are not quite clear, we're on the same page as her at all times. Fernando Rey's character isn't necessarily a bad man, but he is questionable at times. Quite often you feel sympathy towards him, rather unexpectedly. But you also feel sympathy towards Deneuve, yet you almost feel disgust towards her in the latter half of the film. It's an interesting arc for a character. Unsurprisingly, this film has been previously voted as one of the best Spanish films ever made. And with so many classic films under Buñuel's belt, that's saying a lot.
January 3, 2014
Sex, death, and money. An old, aristocratic libertine vs. a repressed/oppressed, innocent, beautiful young woman. The former corrupts the latter, and the latter makes a fool of the former. And then he inherits a fortune, and she gets a leg amputated, and they get married! Clearly, a society that deserves to be overthrown by revolution!
June 4, 2013
the dead don't dream...

Super Reviewer

May 22, 2013
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.
April 5, 2013
Buñuel, one of the all time great directors, constructs a picture of haunting qualities about human capriciousness, sadomasochism, and of course, anticlericalism...In the hands of any other director, this would have been lurid melodrama...
September 2, 2012
Luis Buñuel como siempre saca lo mejor de Catherine Deneuve
January 31, 2009
I don't think Luis Bunuel ever made a film as beautifully centered between comedy and tragedy as this, the second and final film the director made with the great Catherine Deneuve. It is a real shame that the two didn't get more opportunities to work together, as she seems the perfect object for his obsessions, and he the perfect creative force to turn her seemingly harmless beauty into something violent and powerful. Perhaps, though, the grip they had on each other was too much for either of them to take for too long; one gets the impression from watching 'Tristana' that the two had already figured each other out, that there were no more dark corners to find in either artist's psyche. 'Belle de Jour' (the first film the two made together) is often looked at as one of his best films, and it is, but this film is every bit as biting and entertaining. It concerns the young Tristana (Deneuve), who has just lost her mother, and the old nobleman Don Lope (the extraordinary Fernando Rey), who takes the girl first under his wing as a father and then under his lusty, jealous grip as a husband. During the first half of the film, Tristana remains quite passive. Bunuel uses and abuses Deneuve's pouty innocence to paint a portrait of a woman who remains totally submissive. But, as is often the case with Bunuelian women, she soon begins to explore her own power and ultimately reverts Don Lope's dominance. The story is in the same vein as Bunuel's stunning swan song 'That Obscure Object of Desire', but it takes itself more seriously as a piece of drama. It has a melancholy tone to it and often resists satire in situations the director usually assaulted. The disquieting finale suggests some weight to the characters' stories, which is quite the opposite of most of Bunuel's ouvre. It is a wondrous film filled with moments of black humor and moments of plain blackness, and it is one of the director's very best.
Adrian B.
May 27, 2012
Corrupt story of a nun (Catherine Denueve) who joins a church school, catering specifically to special children, in a small Spanish town (Deneuve, who is originally French, had her voice dubbed Spanish into within the movie). When she joins, she is hit on by the main priest (Fernando Rey, also dubbed) of the church, and they begin discreet affair. Unfortunately, the nun begins enveloped in a tragic illness, for which she loses her leg as a result. Amusing and odd story, with signature Bunuel direction and humour. Though not his best, it is still intriguing, peculiar study of an evil congregation under the master.
May 23, 2012
Luis Buneul's 'Tristana' is a complex examination of human relationships, societal implications with some good old Catholicism bashing. It's the story of Tristana, a young woman, who is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected, Don Lope, after the death of her mother. The relationship between the two of them is odd, as Don Lope is an authoritative figure of the household, yet desires her intimacy. Essentially he is both her father and husband. His jealously keeps Tristana sheltered from the world, as she wants to experience new things. The most brilliant aspect of this film is the character-shift which takes place in the film. For the first part, the viewer completely confides in Tristana, this poor sheltered girl. The scene between Horacio, the painter she begins to see behind Don Lope's back, and her is particularly powerful at showing a woman who is considered "tainted" or "used" by society's standards, yet she has never really truly experienced anything in this world, essentially a slave of Don Lope. While we sympathize more in the beginning, Don Lope is never painted as any type of monster, far from it. In fact as the film progresses we begin to feel for Don Lope, a man who clearly has so much love and compassion for Tristana. The dinner table sequencer in which Don Lope pretends Tristana is still by his side, even though she has been gone for over 2 years, is particularly unnerving. By the end of the film, the audience's sympathy has completely flipped as Tristana becomes the dominate figure in the relationship, coming back into Don Lope's life after realizing she would much rather live in a loveless marriage than deal with the harshness of society. This is a much more subdued Bunuel, that still has and undercurrent of surrealism but nothing like some of his more celebrated efforts. Personally I find Bunuel's criticism of Catholicism boring, but the social criticism holds much weight, even today.
April 16, 2012
Muy en el estilo de Bunuel, obsesiva, onirica, misteriosa, antirreligiosa, provocativa y con un toque de misoginia. Catherine Deneuve se ve hermosa en su papel y tiene una transformacion muy interesante, un viaje de la inocencia a la corrupcion de la virtud y la amargura de la insatisfaccion. Recuerda mucho a "Viridiana" por el reparto y la trama de la protagonista, aunque no logra alcanzar el mismo nivel magistral
April 12, 2012
It is complex, but I wasn't particularly moved.
February 27, 2012
bunels+deneuve=good pic
December 21, 2011
Historia sobre la falsa moral de la sociedad dirigida por el maestro Luis Buñuel.
December 10, 2011
Recommended by several Flixster friends.
November 30, 2011
Diàlegs molt intel·ligents, història dura; però transmet poquíssim, à (C)s freda, lenta, i visualment pobre. 6/10
August 29, 2011
Entre mas películas veo de Luis Buñuel mas me voy dando cuenta como fue uno de los grandes cineastas y como siempre retrato lo mas profundo de las relaciones humanas. "Tristana" no tiene tantos elementos surrealistas como "El Ángel Exterminador" o "El Discreto Encanto de la Burguesía" pero igualmente es una cinta deliciosamente cínica que nos adentra a la vida de una mujer que comienza dulce e inocente y su tutor, un hombre mayor que quiso casarse con ella y que al principio fue cruel y estricto. La transformación de Tristana y ver como se revierten los roles de los personajes es una fascinante experiencia (las actuaciones son sublimes). "Tristana" es una de las mejores películas de Buñuel y otra importante obra que nos deja mucho en que pensar. Sumamente recomendable.
July 3, 2011
Luis Buñuel's Tristana takes place in the early nineteenth century in Spain in a avarage catholic town. We follow the life of the 19-years-old girl named Tristana (Deneuve) who is married to her stepfather Don Lope, who gives her very limited freedom, it's even litmited when it comes to, leaving the house without the Don's promission. But she one day decides to go out, and then she falls in love with a painter, how will this end? Will she runaway from her Don or stay with him? Tristana is a good and well fought story, specialy to watch and analyze the drastics changes in the Deneuve character. Thumbs up.
April 10, 2011
A rather slow paced but ultimately extremely tought-provoking Bunuel picture.
January 29, 2011
Among the best films "with plot" from Buñuel
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