That Obscure Object of Desire

1977, Drama, 1h 43m

32 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

What to know

critics consensus

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

You might also like

Central Station
The Girl on the Bridge
The Widow of Saint-Pierre
Fanny and Alexander
Hiroshima, mon amour

Where to watch

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

That Obscure Object of Desire Photos

Movie Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Milena Vukotic
Woman in train
Andre Weber
Valet
Luis Buñuel
Director
Luis Buñuel
Writer
Edmond Richard
Cinematographer
Pierre Guffroy
Production Design
Pierre Lefait
Set Decoration
Sylvie de Segonzac
Costume Designer
Show all Cast & Crew

Critic Reviews for That Obscure Object of Desire

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (1)

  • [Bunuel's] film is filled with small, droll touches, with tiny peculiarities of behavior, with moral anarchy, with a cynicism about human nature that somehow seems, in his hands, almost cheerful.

    July 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • From Un Chien Andalou to That Obscure Object of Desire, Luis Buuel spent almost 50 years cataloging the frustrated romantic desires of his characters.

    September 17, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With an effortlessness matched by no other director today, Buuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the director's later works, That Obscure Object of Desire, examines the puzzle of sexual politics.

    January 24, 2002
  • A mature commentary on the invisible line between passion and absurdity -- erotic, political, and religious.

    August 16, 2001 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • If this sounds rather conventional for Buñuel, be aware that the role of the temptress is played by not one but two actresses.

    January 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [Bunuel's] film is filled with small, droll touches, with tiny peculiarities of behavior, with moral anarchy, with a cynicism about human nature that somehow seems, in his hands, almost cheerful.

    July 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • From Un Chien Andalou to That Obscure Object of Desire, Luis Buuel spent almost 50 years cataloging the frustrated romantic desires of his characters.

    September 17, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • With an effortlessness matched by no other director today, Buuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the director's later works, That Obscure Object of Desire, examines the puzzle of sexual politics.

    January 24, 2002
  • If this sounds rather conventional for Buñuel, be aware that the role of the temptress is played by not one but two actresses.

    January 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Luis Buñuel's final film is regarded as a masterpiece but disappoints as shallow, vaguely sexist look at a cursed romance between a rich old Frenchman and a teen tease played by two different actresses.

    January 11, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for That Obscure Object of Desire

  • 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

That Obscure Object of Desire Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides