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One of cinema's true innovators, Luis Buñuel takes a Spanish novel about a Don Quixote-like priest who is ridiculed for following the path of Christ, and brilliantly transposes it to turn-of-the-century Mexico. When he is defrocked for championing a prostitute and an outcast, Don Nazario takes to the road with the two women, living out his ideals until they are smashed by an uncaring world. "A masterpiece that reveals the human condition and shows us a way to surpass it. Buñuel's film unfolds under the double arch of beauty and rebellion.


Critic Reviews for Nazarin

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Audience Reviews for Nazarin

  • Sep 01, 2008
    Dig up your hole Virgin Mary, Mother Teresa is waiting for you and her beloved prince-charming is standing aside!!!<br/>Act 5 over, Scene 5 over, don't you worry Nazarin, your time hasn't come just yet...
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2007
    one of buñuel's greatest mexican films, or let's just say greatest films. far more compassion than i was expecting from the great cynic in a religious setting and a great performance by paco rabal. open to many interpretations
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2007
    Only Buñuel's boundless brilliance and cynicism could achieve this mischievous, thought-provoking drama. A sad testament of what happens inside nearly all religious groups, only very few practice what they preach.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2007
    So, why are so few films that capture the nature of Jesus Christ accurately? Let's throw away the fact that the Hollywood stamp, false rumors and flat, hipocrytical and inaccurate characters are always present. Also, let's exclude the religious fanatics with a narrow-minded perspective. Buñuel always exalted religion and destroyed the Catholic Church as the monstrous, almost bourgeois human institution it always represented throughout the centuries. Nazarín is shown as a modernist Christ, and through the surreal and experimental, neorealist scope of Buñuel, this testament is innovation in avant-garde storytelling. It's a more conventional film by this giant auteur, but words won't suffice for describing the genius, accuracy and originality of divinity and faith seen through the eyes of a vulnerable man, featuring one of the most grandiose catharsis ever put to celluloid. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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