Tristana (1970)


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After the death of her mother, Tristana goes to live with her guardian Don Lope, who seduces her. She runs away from Lope with a young artist named Horacio. Unable to commit to Horacio and in need of health care due to her growing cancer, Tristana returns to Don Lope.

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Critic Reviews for Tristana

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (8)

The rigid rituals of duty and honor form an inextricable bond of pleasure and degradation, of sex and death-and render sin all the more exciting.

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…

You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society, the long-standing sexual double standard for men and one young woman's revolt against convention.

Feb 21, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake.

Nov 22, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.

Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…
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Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tristana

The dubbing of Deneuve's voice into Spanish seems to diminish the impact of her performance, but sill this a fascinating story of power, hypocrisy, resentment and bitterness as seen through the eyes of two complex characters in a society dominated by religious and patriarchal values.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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An old man (Fernando Rey) becomes obsessed with an beautiful orphan girl (Catherine Denueve) whom he adopts; she leaves him but returns when she loses her leg. All of Luis Bunuel's usual intelligence and obsessiveness is on display here, but there's little passion or magic in this melodrama that's only slightly twisted. TRISTANA serves as a breather between the masterpieces BELLE DE JOUR and DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE.

Greg S
Greg S

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Pretty interesting but nothing special.

Stefan P
Stefan P

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Any time Bunuel and Deneuve team up you're in for a treat.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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