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Los Olvidados
Los Olvidados (1952)
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Devoid of sentimentalism, terrifying, and heartbreaking. One of Bunuel's great masterpieces, and the film that revitalized his career as an international filmmaker of note. Basically, the story portrays the lives of a group of impoverished boys in contemporary Mexico City. There are no easy answers, no moments of redemption; even everyday reality is subject to spontaneous dissolution. This may be the best film of its kind ever made...and it's only one of a slew of cinematic masterpieces Bunuel directed.

L'amour braque
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Sophie Marceau out-Pandoras Pandora herself in her Louise Brooks-pastiche getup. She plays Marie, the gun moll and courtesan at the center of Andrzej Zulawski's masterpiece of furious invention, L'Amour Braque. The two men who love her are her paramour, gangster Mickey (Tcheky Karyo), and recent Hungarian emigre Leo (Francis Huster), an 'idiot' who crosses their paths and instantly finds himself enamored by Marie (the script by Etienne Roda-Gil is a free adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Idiot). Amid flurries of lead and showers of blood, Marie vacillates, always at a fever pitch of hysteria and anguish, between her instinctive and passionate love for Leo and her devotion to Mickey, who is acting as an agent of vengeance on her behalf against some rival crimelords. Many people will be put off by this film's incredible dramatic intensity, the violence of its passion, and its visual ferocity. Moreover, the characters speak in a vernacular that is difficult to follow for many speakers of French, more so when it is rendered in English, resulting in dialogue that will prove especially challenging. The lives we see are locked in a candy-colored wasteland, a semi-abandoned Paris where everyday people pass casually by as blood is spilled on the very streets they walk. The film is painful in more ways than one, and its transgressions would probably set the tiredest hackles aquiver even today. But at its core is a fervent, almost fanatical belief in the transcendent, transfiguring, often terrifying power of the love of one human being for another. In Zulawski's world, love includes everything, even hate.