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½ October 2, 2012
What do you get when you put Luis Buñuel 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 Buñuel film, you may need an IQ of 150 to answer that question...
½ September 13, 2012
Luis Buñuel como siempre saca lo mejor de Catherine Deneuve
May 31, 2012
I don't think Luis Bunuel ever made a film as beautifully centered between comedy and tragedy as this, the second and final film the director made with the great Catherine Deneuve. It is a real shame that the two didn't get more opportunities to work together, as she seems the perfect object for his obsessions, and he the perfect creative force to turn her seemingly harmless beauty into something violent and powerful. Perhaps, though, the grip they had on each other was too much for either of them to take for too long; one gets the impression from watching 'Tristana' that the two had already figured each other out, that there were no more dark corners to find in either artist's psyche. 'Belle de Jour' (the first film the two made together) is often looked at as one of his best films, and it is, but this film is every bit as biting and entertaining. It concerns the young Tristana (Deneuve), who has just lost her mother, and the old nobleman Don Lope (the extraordinary Fernando Rey), who takes the girl first under his wing as a father and then under his lusty, jealous grip as a husband. During the first half of the film, Tristana remains quite passive. Bunuel uses and abuses Deneuve's pouty innocence to paint a portrait of a woman who remains totally submissive. But, as is often the case with Bunuelian women, she soon begins to explore her own power and ultimately reverts Don Lope's dominance. The story is in the same vein as Bunuel's stunning swan song 'That Obscure Object of Desire', but it takes itself more seriously as a piece of drama. It has a melancholy tone to it and often resists satire in situations the director usually assaulted. The disquieting finale suggests some weight to the characters' stories, which is quite the opposite of most of Bunuel's ouvre. It is a wondrous film filled with moments of black humor and moments of plain blackness, and it is one of the director's very best.
May 27, 2012
Corrupt story of a nun (Catherine Denueve) who joins a church school, catering specifically to special children, in a small Spanish town (Deneuve, who is originally French, had her voice dubbed Spanish into within the movie). When she joins, she is hit on by the main priest (Fernando Rey, also dubbed) of the church, and they begin discreet affair. Unfortunately, the nun begins enveloped in a tragic illness, for which she loses her leg as a result. Amusing and odd story, with signature Bunuel direction and humour. Though not his best, it is still intriguing, peculiar study of an evil congregation under the master.
½ May 23, 2012
Luis Buneul's 'Tristana' is a complex examination of human relationships, societal implications with some good old Catholicism bashing. It's the story of Tristana, a young woman, who is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected, Don Lope, after the death of her mother. The relationship between the two of them is odd, as Don Lope is an authoritative figure of the household, yet desires her intimacy. Essentially he is both her father and husband. His jealously keeps Tristana sheltered from the world, as she wants to experience new things. The most brilliant aspect of this film is the character-shift which takes place in the film. For the first part, the viewer completely confides in Tristana, this poor sheltered girl. The scene between Horacio, the painter she begins to see behind Don Lope's back, and her is particularly powerful at showing a woman who is considered "tainted" or "used" by society's standards, yet she has never really truly experienced anything in this world, essentially a slave of Don Lope. While we sympathize more in the beginning, Don Lope is never painted as any type of monster, far from it. In fact as the film progresses we begin to feel for Don Lope, a man who clearly has so much love and compassion for Tristana. The dinner table sequencer in which Don Lope pretends Tristana is still by his side, even though she has been gone for over 2 years, is particularly unnerving. By the end of the film, the audience's sympathy has completely flipped as Tristana becomes the dominate figure in the relationship, coming back into Don Lope's life after realizing she would much rather live in a loveless marriage than deal with the harshness of society. This is a much more subdued Bunuel, that still has and undercurrent of surrealism but nothing like some of his more celebrated efforts. Personally I find Bunuel's criticism of Catholicism boring, but the social criticism holds much weight, even today.
April 16, 2012
Muy en el estilo de Bunuel, obsesiva, onirica, misteriosa, antirreligiosa, provocativa y con un toque de misoginia. Catherine Deneuve se ve hermosa en su papel y tiene una transformacion muy interesante, un viaje de la inocencia a la corrupcion de la virtud y la amargura de la insatisfaccion. Recuerda mucho a "Viridiana" por el reparto y la trama de la protagonista, aunque no logra alcanzar el mismo nivel magistral
April 12, 2012
It is complex, but I wasn't particularly moved.
February 5, 2012
Historia sobre la falsa moral de la sociedad dirigida por el maestro Luis Buñuel.
December 10, 2011
Recommended by several Flixster friends.
November 30, 2011
Diàlegs molt intel·ligents, història dura; però transmet poquíssim, à (C)s freda, lenta, i visualment pobre. 6/10
September 9, 2011
Good performances from Deneuve and Rey. Anything from Bunuel is interesting.
September 2, 2011
Entre mas películas veo de Luis Buñuel mas me voy dando cuenta como fue uno de los grandes cineastas y como siempre retrato lo mas profundo de las relaciones humanas. "Tristana" no tiene tantos elementos surrealistas como "El Ángel Exterminador" o "El Discreto Encanto de la Burguesía" pero igualmente es una cinta deliciosamente cínica que nos adentra a la vida de una mujer que comienza dulce e inocente y su tutor, un hombre mayor que quiso casarse con ella y que al principio fue cruel y estricto. La transformación de Tristana y ver como se revierten los roles de los personajes es una fascinante experiencia (las actuaciones son sublimes). "Tristana" es una de las mejores películas de Buñuel y otra importante obra que nos deja mucho en que pensar. Sumamente recomendable.
½ July 3, 2011
Luis Buñuel's Tristana takes place in the early nineteenth century in Spain in a avarage catholic town. We follow the life of the 19-years-old girl named Tristana (Deneuve) who is married to her stepfather Don Lope, who gives her very limited freedom, it's even litmited when it comes to, leaving the house without the Don's promission. But she one day decides to go out, and then she falls in love with a painter, how will this end? Will she runaway from her Don or stay with him? Tristana is a good and well fought story, specialy to watch and analyze the drastics changes in the Deneuve character. Thumbs up.
½ June 14, 2011
A rather slow paced but ultimately extremely tought-provoking Bunuel picture.
February 20, 2011
Bunuel+ Rey + Deneuve = muy bien
January 29, 2011
Among the best films "with plot" from Buñuel
½ January 15, 2011
Catherine Deneuve I Love you !
½ January 10, 2011
Deneuve and Rey are as usual brilliant but this isn't Bunuel's best, still a great film though lacking the humour of some of his work.
October 21, 2010
great. not that suggestive as some other works from Bunuel, but still a great experience
September 18, 2010
one of Buñuel´s masterpices... I love most of Buñuel´s work but this is him at his Best, Catherine Denueve it´s a screen Godess
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