El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)

1953

El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)

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One of Luis Bunuel's best films, this is a strong indictment of religious repression. When a man who has remained chaste through his entire life becomes hopelessly enamored of a woman he sees in church, he woes her away from her current lover and marries her. Torn between an obsessive passion for her and a logic-obliterating jealousy of everyone he sees, he destroys the relationship he so desperately wants to cement. He retreats to a monastery, where he is visited years later by his ex-wife and her child. What she discovers about this man's obsessiveness is a frightening look at the anatomy of sexual repression.

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  • May 09, 2018
    Gloria's passivity and determination to believe a man she barely knows becomes all the more exasperating as the narrative unfolds, but Buñuel creates a gripping portrait of male dominance, abuse and paranoia with a cynical last scene that couldn't be more meaningful.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2013
    Well, what an intriguing conclusion! Why on Earth would Buñuel finish off the overbearing attitude of your typical macho bastard in the way he decided too (notice my spoiler-free intentions). Is he being sarcastic? We know his opinions on such matters. Sorry, but had to speak my mind. I still see it as a puzzle. 91/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2013
    one of the best bunuels i have seen. what a shame these mexican films are so overlooked in favor of his later french period. this one would do hitchcock proud and indeed he seems to have 'borrowed' a certain scene for the famous vertigo finale. much of the film would be funny if it wasn't so damn true to life
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2011
    The usual Buñuel flick, enough feet fap material for a full fetish party, his usual attacks to the high class and the catholic church. Arturo de Cordova in extra ham mode, with the crazy eyes and everything going on. I felt the ending was not as strong as the rest of the movie, thus why i don't rate this higher.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer

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