The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie) (1972)
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as Don Raphael
as Simone Thevenot
as Alice Senechal
as Henri Senechal
as Francois Thevenot
as Minister of the Interior
as Bishop Dufour
as Peasant Girl
as Ines the Maid
as Dying Gardener
as Lt. Hubert de Rochecachin/Youth In Tearoom
as Delecluze, Superintendent of Police
as Police Sergeant
as Sergeant who recounts his dreams
Critic Reviews for The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie (Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie)
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.
Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types.
The chic stylishness of the characters comes over as overbearing rather than satirically revealing.
Take a look again at its dream sequences, especially the nocturnal one involving the young man in the side street, and you will see a master disturber still at work.
An absurdly comic assault on the meaningless social rituals and polite hypocrisies of the upper middle class.
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.
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.
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.
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