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

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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 on maneuvers. Later they learn that they are merely characters in a stage play and so cannot have dinner together. These misadventures are combined with symbolic dreams of the various characters, some of which also involve interrupted dinners. Wicked social satire and one of Buñuel's funniest films. Winner of the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Film" in 1972. ~ John Voorhees, Rovi

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

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

    Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An exotic and brilliant hothouse flower of a film.

    Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Manages to be totally surreal yet totally approachable. Quite amazing.

    Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Apr 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types.

    Dec 4, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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

A surrealist comedy of discreet humor that will probably not make you laugh as much as you will feel embarrassed for all of its petty bourgeois characters, and once again Buñuel smartly plays with his film's structure, this time to cast a slyly provocative and cynical view on society.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 V
Aj V

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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
Randy Tippy

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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.
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