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Super Reviewer
April 11, 2013
"A Woman Without Love" is certainly one of Luis Bunuel's least characteristic films. Minus some cynicism about the temptations of beautiful women, this soppy melodrama is virtually untouched by Bunuel's usual trademarks.Based on a Guy de Maupassant short story, the tale focuses on a young woman who has put financial security before love and married an older, somewhat boorish doctor. They have a son, and his behavior problems inadvertently bring together his mother and a kind, handsome forester. The two have an intense but secret romance which is only revealed decades later, when the lover dies and chooses a puzzling heir for his fortune.The filmmaking is surprisingly polished and commercial, with a soap opera's predictable connections between emotional scenes and a swelling, cornball soundtrack. Cliched moments such as tearing up someone's picture in anger and dramatically timed heart attacks are bound to cause eyerolls.Sad to say, Bunuel completism is the only reason to see this thoroughly unremarkable film.
May 28, 2012
Low-key, sudsy melodrama.
April 25, 2011
Mediocre. Luis Bunuel was only being hired as a director here but it was not his movie at all. You can tell is not part of his oeuvre.
May 28, 2010
Made by anyone else â??A Woman Without Loveâ?? would be a decent film, but in the hands of Luis Buñuel it is obvious the surrealist master refuses to connect with the subject matter and put his heart into it. The story takes its time, making for an extremely lackluster first half-hour, but gets moving once the plot is established. Rosario Granados is enchanting as a mother who has an affair resulting in a child: her second son. After the youngest boy receives a will twenty years later his reason for acquiring it becomes obvious to the eldest, which fuels the subsequent misogynist feelings he experiences toward his mother and women in general. These tones of misogyny are quite strong and there is, as always with Buñuel, a polemical critique of the bourgeois showing that the auteurâ??s views have not been entirely suppressed in this minor work. The view is that a woman without love is a woman without a heart, and he has no problem in establishing this belief in the form of his protagonist. She chooses to stay with her wealthy and inconsiderate husband, no matter how much she despises him in longing for the love she has never felt. She cares for her sons, but continues to keep them in the dark until the very end. Consequently, she is looked down upon by the director who influences the viewer in the way he portrays and refuses to liberate her. There is little resolution to her suffering in the end, marking a bleak and heavy-handed entry into the Buñuel canon.
½ September 29, 2009
Mostly vacuous melodrama by Bunuel, possibly done just for the paycheck. Besides some brutish behavior (which gets dismissed rather easily), there's little of his directorial stamp on this film. I guess it's decent enough for a women's weepie, but you shouldn't bother unless you're a Bunuel completist.
September 19, 2009
Espectaculares películas de la época de oro..
Super Reviewer
½ January 6, 2009
[font=Century Gothic]In "A Woman without Love," Rosario(Rosario Granados) is trapped in a loveless marriage to Carlos(Julio Villarreal), a much older man. When their son Carlitos(Jaime Calpe) is accused of theft by his school, he is locked in a room without his dinner by his father. Stung by his father's anger, he runs away and Carlos presumes he could not have gone far. However, Carlitos is more resourceful than initially thought and he makes it to a forest where he is found by Julio(Tito Junco) who returns him with the eternal gratitude of his parents. In time, Julio and Rosario begin an affair but she cannot follow him to Brazil, in order to take of her ailing husband.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]On the surface, "A Woman without Love" may seem like just another vapid soap opera and an unsatisfying ending does nothing to dispel this. But I think director Luis Bunuel has more on his mind than that and tells a story where the traditional past gives way to a modern future. At the beginning of the film, Rosario is married to a man she does not love and who sells antiques. As time goes on, there is a marriage for love and, of special interest, one of the women is a doctor.[/font]
½ September 14, 2008
In his book of interviews, Luis Bunuel states that this is his least interesting film. He is correct. The film is a fairly dull and conventional melodrama. It is not bad by any means, but not particularly interesting either. No conventions are subverted in this one
½ August 31, 2008
good stuff from the master
½ July 25, 2008
It's borderline melodrama, but nominal complexity keeps it afloat.
½ April 6, 2008
Following all the forms of a melodrama this movie give more than a normal one. The social problems cause the sentimental collapse. The feminist touch express ideas that I also have find at Simone de Beauvoir. All is very correct made.
March 2, 2008
A beautiful film about a woman who is in a difficult situation now from what is supposedly an err but is something else. A feministic film with liberal values and where the ideals are heavily brought and etched out over the plot and personally, a film about the female over anything else.
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