Nazarin Reviews

  • Aug 31, 2020

    Buñuel is brazen and (only apparently) cold; the audience will fill what the movie doesn't tell with their personal experiences and thoughts.

    Buñuel is brazen and (only apparently) cold; the audience will fill what the movie doesn't tell with their personal experiences and thoughts.

  • Mar 21, 2017

    To paraphrase the priest: the desire to do evil things comes from the imagination, as does the cure for evil, along with a healthy diet and exercise. A film about the failure of faith, cold harsh reality tearing apart a faithful union.

    To paraphrase the priest: the desire to do evil things comes from the imagination, as does the cure for evil, along with a healthy diet and exercise. A film about the failure of faith, cold harsh reality tearing apart a faithful union.

  • Nov 10, 2016

    I just couldn't fully get into this Luis Bunuel classic from his Mexico phase. It follows a priest on the road who endures many hardships, but for reason I felt nothing for the priest as he could've easily avoided his troubles. I also found some of the acting weak, with a few over the top performances. It just didn't work for me, but very much a subjective thing so see and judge for yourself.

    I just couldn't fully get into this Luis Bunuel classic from his Mexico phase. It follows a priest on the road who endures many hardships, but for reason I felt nothing for the priest as he could've easily avoided his troubles. I also found some of the acting weak, with a few over the top performances. It just didn't work for me, but very much a subjective thing so see and judge for yourself.

  • Sep 14, 2015

    7.9 [Luis Buñuel] [Mx]

    7.9 [Luis Buñuel] [Mx]

  • Jan 18, 2015

    Another side to Bunuel, which makes his religious criticism all the more fascinating. Brilliant.

    Another side to Bunuel, which makes his religious criticism all the more fascinating. Brilliant.

  • May 26, 2014

    This is just hilarious!

    This is just hilarious!

  • May 05, 2014

    "It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces."

    "It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces."

  • Dec 29, 2013

    How to live a perfect life in a corrupted world?--A man of God!!

    How to live a perfect life in a corrupted world?--A man of God!!

  • Nov 06, 2013

    A very great film. But very unlike other films by Bunuel. It is, perhaps, the case, where the protagonist leads the author, not vice verca. And he leads Bunuel and us (the viewers) into the region of an absolute tragedy. Why tragedy is so tied up with being christian? Does being christian in itself means, that one is doomed for tragedy? Or, actually, one should be open to tragic side of the world to be christian? Anyway, the followup is pretty straightforward - if one choses to follow Christ's steps, one will be executed. Even after 2000 years... Yet Bunuel does not condemn the society, killing its "new Christ", just as Nazaring himself does not.... Perhaps, the film as a new great variation on a parable of a dying god - one of 4 eternal plots according to Jorge Luis Borges. The problem posed by it cannot be solved. It just is...

    A very great film. But very unlike other films by Bunuel. It is, perhaps, the case, where the protagonist leads the author, not vice verca. And he leads Bunuel and us (the viewers) into the region of an absolute tragedy. Why tragedy is so tied up with being christian? Does being christian in itself means, that one is doomed for tragedy? Or, actually, one should be open to tragic side of the world to be christian? Anyway, the followup is pretty straightforward - if one choses to follow Christ's steps, one will be executed. Even after 2000 years... Yet Bunuel does not condemn the society, killing its "new Christ", just as Nazaring himself does not.... Perhaps, the film as a new great variation on a parable of a dying god - one of 4 eternal plots according to Jorge Luis Borges. The problem posed by it cannot be solved. It just is...

  • Dec 16, 2012

    Bunuel follows the titular priest, who aims to follow Jesus in thought and deed, through a variety of travails. His naivete brings him into conflict with the law (after sheltering a prostitute who sets his hostel on fire), forcing him to leave his station (under advice from the bishop, who doesn't want the church's reputation sullied). Bunuel's jabs at the church and society, typical of his often biting films, are softened here as he displays a fondness for his hapless hero. Despite getting into trouble and causing headaches for others, Nazarin really is trying to do the right thing and Bunuel knows it. His point is that, without consensus in society that these are the right ways to act (a consensus that is probably impossible to build, and certainly not attempted by the passive Nazarin), then the religious person becomes nothing more than a holy fool.

    Bunuel follows the titular priest, who aims to follow Jesus in thought and deed, through a variety of travails. His naivete brings him into conflict with the law (after sheltering a prostitute who sets his hostel on fire), forcing him to leave his station (under advice from the bishop, who doesn't want the church's reputation sullied). Bunuel's jabs at the church and society, typical of his often biting films, are softened here as he displays a fondness for his hapless hero. Despite getting into trouble and causing headaches for others, Nazarin really is trying to do the right thing and Bunuel knows it. His point is that, without consensus in society that these are the right ways to act (a consensus that is probably impossible to build, and certainly not attempted by the passive Nazarin), then the religious person becomes nothing more than a holy fool.