Tristana

Tristana

DVD - 2012 | Spanish
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Rating: PG-13; for thematic elements and some disturbing images.
After the death of her mother, young Tristana goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope, an older man who eventually breaks through his facade of respectability and seduces her. She repays him a hundred fold, preying on his jealousy and taunting him with perverse whimsies.

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Nursebob
Nov 12, 2017

Stalled for years by the ultra-right alliance of Franco and the Catholic church, Luis Buñuel’s sociopolitical satire ironically went on to become Spain’s contender for the 1971 Foreign Language Oscar. Bourgeois hypocrisy and the empty promises of faith have always shaped Buñuel’s work and "Tristana" is no exception. Rey is perfectly cast as the arrogant socialist who drones on about the exploitation of the weak and the evils of money yet is not above bedding his foster daughter or trying to solicit funds from his wealthier sister—and all that rhetoric about liberty and free love goes out the window when Tristana begins exploring the world outside his four walls. Deneuve, twenty-seven years old at the time, also puts in a marvelous performance (despite the Spanish dubbing) playing the cloistered naif who becomes an agent of not-quite-divine retribution. And of course Buñuel never misses an opportunity to mock the upper crust or cast a withering glance at the trappings of religion—Tristana’s garden chat with the local padre is poker-faced satire at its most understated. This is certainly one of Buñuel’s more accessible films, but even though the usual barbs are downplayed somewhat his wit remains as sharp as ever.

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Calvacade
Apr 27, 2017

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Tristana was a film that came late in Luis Buñuel'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 Buñuel's belt, that's saying a lot.

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TheeAvebury
Apr 27, 2017

Perhaps Luis Bunuel's most underrated film- but it's one of my favorites.

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VonHafenstaaad
Apr 27, 2017

Acclaimed Spanish director Luis Bunuel ("Belle de Jour") reunites with French actress Catherine Deneuve in what many believe to be his masterpiece. Set in the late 1920's during a period just prior to the Spanish Civil War, the film expresses the dichotomy of the political and sexual ambiguity of the time.

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Cedowns2
Jan 31, 2017

Boring, even with Deneuve. Took me three days to watch it... More impressed with the extras. No likable characters here. No coherent story. I can't get into how, exactly, the girl's behavior makes no sense without providing too many spoilers. This is obviously a woman told from a male perspective. Thus, why the other commenters raving about the film seem to be male.

Vincent T Lombardo Jun 27, 2015

Bunuel is one of my favorite directors. His movies are unusual and irreverent, but I find them interesting and thought provoking.

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