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Tristana Reviews

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July 13, 2016
Not interested due to its claustrophobic world of perverted desire and manipulation.
½ February 28, 2016
Aunque solo sean pesadillas, son buenos los sue˝os. Los muertos no sue˝an.
January 26, 2016
When this film was released in 1970 Spain was still under the regime of Franco however its cinema was definitely epic as this film proves.
In a nutshell the film follows the story of a young Spanish girl Tristana (Catherine Deneve) who we discover at the start has been adopted by her recently deceased mother's friend Don Lope (Fernando Rey).
What begins as an apparent adopted father/daughter relationship we discover turns into a more sexual nature although this is not shown on screen.
Tristana begins the film as a timid virgin.
Don Lope is a typical miserable socialist who would rather live with the minimum of material possessions to fund a workshy lifestyle.
As the film develops Tristana breaks free from the hold of Lope and flees with lover Horacio (Franco Nero who some may recognise from Django and Django Unchained).
However Tristan develops a setios illness and for some reason moves back in with Lope even taking the vow of marriage.
She has her ill leg amputated and develops a sinister streak redulting in her inaction when Lope is dying.
What begins the film as a timid young girl is now a confident/vengeful woman.
Director Luis Bu├▒uel tells a good story of revenge in a world cinema (Spanish) setting.
The film does not have the pacing of your average Hollywood release and this will probably put many off but it is a good story told by Bu├▒uel.
September 12, 2015
Tristana is yet another Bunuel-sized assault on Catholicism and aristocracy told through the cynical, pragmatic and ultimately sullen eyes of Catherine Deneuve's Tristana. Think of it as a companion piece to Viridiana only more embittered than inflamed.
March 29, 2015
bunuel+deneuve=good pic
Super Reviewer
January 31, 2015
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.
January 20, 2015
Historia sobre la falsa moral de la sociedad dirigida por el maestro Luis Bu˝uel.
½ September 17, 2014
Brilliant. My only criticism is the dubbing. But, this was the style of that time. Deneuve is perfect even without her voice.
July 28, 2014
A later Bunuel film that's a bit more uneven than his master-strokes, but it's strong thematic material, restrained surrealism and a deservedly ominous ending amount to make Tristana a very potent art house release for the 70s
July 26, 2014
This movie is a masterfully shot, emotionally resonating experience. I cared about each character, including the controversial Don. The featured streets of Spain are a fitting environment for Tristana, as her life, although young, is lonely and drab. The religious criticism was wisely subtle, as although we understand the practical, atheistic views of Lope (which the director likely shares), he has enormous faults of his own, and therefore his character does nothing to glorify atheism.

This is the first I've seen of this director, and I am determined to explore more of his work.
May 7, 2014
Not one of Bu˝uel's best but the talent involved and the ideas at play definitely make this a film worth watching.
April 5, 2014
Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Tristana was a film that came late in Luis Bu˝uel's career, but it's still one of his finest. The man was no slouch when it came to his approach of male and female relationships in his films. His examinations of this dynamic were often left open to interpretation, but in this case, he seems to leave a little more on the table, rather than under it. Catherine Deneuve's character goes through an enormous change, and even though her motivations are not quite clear, we're on the same page as her at all times. Fernando Rey's character isn't necessarily a bad man, but he is questionable at times. Quite often you feel sympathy towards him, rather unexpectedly. But you also feel sympathy towards Deneuve, yet you almost feel disgust towards her in the latter half of the film. It's an interesting arc for a character. Unsurprisingly, this film has been previously voted as one of the best Spanish films ever made. And with so many classic films under Bu˝uel's belt, that's saying a lot.
January 30, 2014
A tale of interchanging sexual power
½ January 3, 2014
Sex, death, and money. An old, aristocratic libertine vs. a repressed/oppressed, innocent, beautiful young woman. The former corrupts the latter, and the latter makes a fool of the former. And then he inherits a fortune, and she gets a leg amputated, and they get married! Clearly, a society that deserves to be overthrown by revolution!
½ June 4, 2013
the dead don't dream...
Super Reviewer
May 22, 2013
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.
April 5, 2013
Bu˝uel, one of the all time great directors, constructs a picture of haunting qualities about human capriciousness, sadomasochism, and of course, anticlericalism...In the hands of any other director, this would have been lurid melodrama...
½ January 11, 2013
Why did this movie get 100%? I don't get it.
½ October 2, 2012
What do you get when you put Luis Bu├▒uel and Catherine Deneuve together? Art house cinema at its most surreal apparently, as you can see in this bizarre tale about a meek Spanish woman who ends up as an unhinged one legged prostitute. An attack on Catholicism? An attack on patriarchy? Well, considering it's a Bu├▒uel film, you may need an IQ of 150 to answer that question...
½ September 13, 2012
Luis Bu├▒uel como siempre saca lo mejor de Catherine Deneuve
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