An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, she causes unrest and discord among the members of the household, until they are virtually fighting with each other. —IMDb
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
A political film, and a very good one at that. A film about irreverence in youthhood, the harbinger to the generational conflicts which marked the late 50s and the 60s. A child is born to their parents, when he or she reaches a certain age, he or she will contradict his or her parents, eventually wanting to be emancipated... taking their role in the world. And class struggle is, obviously, part of this analysis too.
A good melodrama. The performances are very good, especially from the women. Buñuel and the other crew's technical mastery is the standout. The cinematography is interesting, and has moments of near perfection, like when three men are standing outside Susana's room looking at her shadow in the window during a storm. There is obvious studio interference in regards to themes, but overall it's a good melodrama.