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Tristana

Tristana

1970
Drama
1h 39m
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Rated 07 Dec 2008
83
79th
There's something about Tristana's amputated leg. A big f-you to Freudian gender politics and a wonderful example of Bunuel's ability to crawl under your skin and make you rethink the Socially Assumed. A lesser work, sure, but still worth recommending. God bless Bunuel.
Rated 23 Apr 2010
3
80th
One of Bunuel's relatively subtle films, but it deals, again, with sexual politics, religion, et al. I prefer Deneuve here to her performance in Belle de Jour, and I find the story more interesting to boot. Tristana's degradation is unpredictable and saddening. In a way, it's the same setup as Viridiana, but taken in a different direction. That's Bunuel for you - remaking the same two or three ideas over and over, and doing it very, very well.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
85
89th
Deneuve's turn as the title character might be (though less showy or glamorous than the rest) the finest of her carreer, and this is definitely one of Buñuel's subtlest and most intriguing works.
Rated 14 Nov 2008
70
84th
I was excited about another Bunuel & Deneuve collaboration since Belle de Jour is my favorite Bunuel so far. First half is very dull for someone accustomed to Bunuel. Last half introduces a few twists which managed to regain my interest. I still feel I might have skipped a major something about Tristana, but I won't bother myself for a rewatch.
Rated 22 Mar 2017
60
26th
Tell me if you've heard this one before: a young woman, full of youth and innocence, falls under the socially constructed power of a rich relative, only to find said relative has designs on taking her innocence for himself. Crushing ensues. While the narrative here takes a more social, and less religious, direction than Viridiana, both take the same basic trope to illustrate Bunuel's problems with institutional society. It's beautifully done, though without the verve and indignation of Viridiana
Rated 09 Apr 2008
84
77th
A very accessible Buñuel, but no less intriguing than his other work. It still has the commentary on religion and the class system that is common to his work and a few surreal sequences. The dubbing was a bit distracting but the performances still came through pretty well and the entire film was quite enjoyable.
Rated 21 Nov 2011
75
68th
Very good film, and narratively definitely one of Buñuel's more clearly told films. That doesn't make the acting and stylistic keypoints less brilliant, though. Like the camera movement, which is mesmerizing if you ask me. Almost like a trance sometimes. The story itself is maybe a bit weak, but it's hard not to like it, nevertheless.
Rated 17 Nov 2011
70
65th
Solid, almost "surreal-less" (apart from one cool dream sequence), drama from Buñuel which, like life sometimes does, takes a completely unexpected (and untelegraphed) turn, then follows that road through to its end. I didn't really get the short final montage.
Rated 11 Nov 2014
65
42nd
One of Buñuel's subtlest yet still intriguing. "Tristana" benefits from the Deneuve/Rey dynamic (both in terrific acting shapes -and, for Deneuve, not only) to deliver interesting musings on hypocrisy and sex, Buñuel's darlings.
Rated 01 Jan 2021
75
82nd
Don Lope believes in dated old virtues except when it comes to matters of the flesh (specifically of the sexual kind). He desires to be both father and lover to Tristana, while she desires to be only daughter. Lope is a man who wants it both ways, while Tristana is a woman who insists on making choices. This is a captivating tug-of-war that ends in a dramatic yet predictable way, as is the style of Buñuel. Viewers must keep in mind the fetishistic significance of the female leg for Buñuel.
Rated 12 Sep 2023
7
54th
While practically devoid of Buñuel's signature surrealism, this is a solid drama that successfully integrates several themes explored less holistically in his earlier films--chiefly those of desire, coercion, and class consciousness. His most penetratingly human film so far and a welcome redemption of a similar setup found in Viridiana.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
84
74th
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Rated 25 Sep 2016
73
78th
On the surface, Tristana seems like precisely the type of film that Bunuel spent most of his career railing against: the conventional and respectable bourgeois drama that appeals primarily to middlebrow sensibilities. Dig deeper and a different film emerges, a tense psychological power struggle between a hypocritical old patriarch and an innocent young woman. Or is it? Bunuel's ambiguous characterisations lend the material an unexpected richness, but it runs out of steam in the final reel.
Rated 24 Dec 2009
100
99th
A classic of revenge and obsession. Perhaps Deneuve's best performance. This is mature Bunuel: simple, superficially "normal," yet profoundly subversive.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
83
66th
349
Rated 16 Jul 2014
100
97th
where does one acquire a mustache protector like Fernando Rey's?
Rated 21 Feb 2019
93
91st
93.00
Rated 07 Oct 2019
70
81st
Really straightforward for a Bunuel film. The morally corrupt system that admonishes power structures only when they do not suit it directly is breeding it's own demise... But if the abused and vindictive children that bring the demise about are primarily acting on their hatred, will the future be any better?
Rated 18 Feb 2018
60
35th
Since I saw Viridiana so close to Tristana, I'm forever going to have a difficult time telling the two apart. Bunuel picks up some of the same themes, poking fun at the aristocracy, the Catholic church, and man's basic instincts. This one has more of a straightforward storyline, even if I never understood why the deaf characters were included. I preferred the alternate ending of the women walking away.
Rated 24 Mar 2012
80
81st
watched: 2012, 2023
Rated 09 Feb 2007
81
69th
I was expecting to not like this one very much, but it turned out to be pretty good. Very "normal" for Bunuel, but a good watch nonetheless.
Rated 14 Jul 2008
89
85th
Estreava há 50 anos na Espanha. É o meu Buñuel menos querido dos anos 70, mas nem por isso deixa de ser gigante. Curioso que o Fernando Rey aqui é um exemplar fiel do que se acostumou chamar de esquerdomacho, tem consciência social, é anti-sistema, mas é tão machista quanto o pior dos reacionários. Box Versátil O Cinema de Luis Buñuel.
Rated 19 May 2012
82
81st
good pictures and story
Rated 30 Nov 2010
30
78th
"Fans of the director are likely to see Tristana as a routine facsimile of both Él and Viridiana." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 15 Jan 2023
70
42nd
This is the one film from Luis Buñuel's peek era that I hadn't seen, and it's probably my least favourite. It felt to me like a fairly rote review of themes he visited many times before. That said ... I adore Buñuel so much that my least favourite is still a cracking good film.
Rated 28 Jul 2010
70
75th
I like Buñuel much better when he's straightforward like this than his more surreal works, which tend to be polemical and ironically, less interesting. Tristana is not as good as Belle de Jour but it's very good. Both are a bit crude on the dialogue level, and some more complexity wouldn't have hurt Tristana, but it's still a very good story, very nicely shot.
Rated 30 Mar 2024
5
24th
its good but nothing to write home about. i didnt find myself caring much about the story, despite the strong performances from deneuve and rey. i think viridiana explores similar themes while being far more entertaining.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
80
60th
391
Rated 31 Aug 2010
70
69th
Deneuve, great as always.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
50
24th
It contains some beautiful images and an even more beautiful Catherine Denueve, but didn't quite work for me. There was something "lifeless" about it (and not because it lacked the brisk comedy from The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (the only other Buñuel I've seen) - it had a lot of comedy, with gloomy undercurrents).
Rated 17 Sep 2022
67
33rd
This is decent but never really clicked for me. There's a lot going on here psychologically, and some of the chronological pacing feels off. Deneuve is excellent as usual. Similar in some ways to Viridiana, or at least the first half. Very accessible but still challenging. Both Tristana and Lope are interesting characters. Pretty good stuff, but just left me a bit cold.
Rated 03 Aug 2013
59
50th
Never really engaging, and the plot-twist in the middle of the film is unsatisfying. Deneuve is great as always, but I was expecting something more from Buñuel and her.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
81
62nd
#380
Rated 07 Dec 2012
72
63rd
Bunuel's Lolita.

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