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That Obscure Object of Desire

1977, Drama, 1h 43m

33 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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That Obscure Object of Desire is a frequently unsettling treatise on the quixotic nature of lust and love. Read critic reviews

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After dumping a bucket of water on a beautiful young woman from the window of a train car, wealthy Frenchman Mathieu (Fernando Rey), regales his fellow passengers with the story of the dysfunctional relationship between himself and the young woman in question, a fiery 19-year-old flamenco dancer named Conchita (played alternately by Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina). What follows is a tale of cruelty, depravity and lies -- the very building blocks of love.

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  • Apr 15, 2013
    A rich old man (Fernando Rey) courts 18-year old Conchita (who, with no explanation, is played by two different actresses) over the years, but she seems to be toying with him, and he never achieves the object of his desire. In Bunuel's previous THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972) the attendees at a dinner party could never eat because of continual interruptions; in this droll comedy, Rey can never... you know.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2012
    Conchita's role played by 2 actresses was just brilliance. Worth watching!
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2011
    Now this is a lot of fun. Luis Bunuel's final film, "That Obscure Object of Desire" charts the relevant yet rocky terrain of passion vs. obsession and love vs. absurdity. Bunuel does some really intriguing things with casting, cross cutting stories and the actors have fun with their wacky and juxtapositional dialogue. I love movies about 'emotional terrorism' and this is one of the earlier films to probe the theme. It's funny, timely (even though it was released in 1977) and intriguing.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2008
    speaking as a man: men are fucking stupid.
    chase _ Super Reviewer

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