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Tristana (1970)

Tristana (1970)




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Luis Buñuel's Tristana is a surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of the title character, who is portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Tristana is a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope (Fernando Rey), the protective but impoverished aristocrat. Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society. He takes advantage of the vulnerable Tristana, who leaves him when she falls in love with Horacio (Franco Nero). Unable to commit to him, she returns to Don Lope when she falls ill. He asks for her hand in marriage, and she accepts after losing her leg to cancer. She chooses to remain in a passionless union rather than be subject to the harsh realities of a society that refuses to change to the needs of women. Taken from the novel by celebrated author Benito Perez Galdos, the film -- wherein director Buñuel takes his usual jabs at religion and politics -- is a tribute to the author on the 50th anniversary of his death.more
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements and some disturbing images)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Julio Alejandro, Luis Buñuel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 1992
Box Office: $4.8k
Cohen Film Collection

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Critic Reviews for Tristana

All Critics (26) | 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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer


Pretty interesting but nothing special.

Stefan P

Super Reviewer

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