A masterpiece from Luis Buñuel, the great surrealist director of Un chien andalou and Belle de jour.
The best known film of Buñuel’s Mexican period, Los olvidados (The Young and the Damned) looks unflinchingly at life in a festering Mexico City slum. A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life. At the center of the story is Pedro, a young boy who struggles to be good, and Jaibo, a charismatic and ruthless older boy who has just been released from juvenile detention. Jaibo seeks revenge on Julian, who he suspects informed on him in the past. When the consequences are murder, Pedro tries desperately to free himself from the gang.
Full of offbeat images and symbolism, Buñuel mixes realism and surrealism in what is not only one of his most powerful films but also one of the greatest and most heart-wrenching films about poverty and childhood.
Although regarded as the greatest artist of Spanish cinema Luis Buñuel only made three films that are Spanish by nationality. His exile from his homeland at the end of the Spanish Civil War resulted in extended periods in Mexico and France. Despite this displacement, Spain was never far from Buñuel’s mind. The peasant culture of the villages of Calanda and Zaragoza, many of them dating to the Middle-Ages, greatly influenced his imagination during his childhood. The Spanish literary tradition, represented by Lope de Vega, Cervantes and the writers of picaresque stories, remained constant touchstones. Strongest of all was the distinctly Spanish nature of his Catholicism; he would retain its influence long after he renounced the teachings of the Church. At the University of Madrid his friendship with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and painter Salvador Dalí would play a major role in the avant-garde of the 1920s. It was during this period that he discovered the works of Sigmund Freud. His insight… read more
amazingly grotesque, full of sexual references, full of influence and really influencial to other directors (brutti sporchi i cattivi is the best example) this man was a genius. The only reason i don't rate 5/5 it's maybe because of the ending, i was hopefull that Pedro wouldn't die, it really shocked me, although .. a masterpiece.
This has definitely become my favourite film by Buñuel. it's odd how much it resembles Italian neorealist films (Buñuel being famous for his surrealism) but it's definitely one of the harshest comments in the decade about poverty, marginality and their consequences. It's also interesting to see a film that reflects the Latin American situation at the time.
Para muchos, la obra maestra de Buñuel, declarada Memoria del Mundo por la UNESCO y ganadora de la palma de oro en el festival de cannes, es una de esas cintas que dejaron huella en la memoria colectiva… read review