Luis Bunuel's flavor for wit and surrealism makes this film superior to almost any other drama. It is a fight between sexes intensified with random acts of terrorism and symbolism. Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina play the same role making the character more mysterious and hard to decipher in a directorial masterstroke. Incredible film.
Bunuel wrote in his autobiography that as he got older he was glad to be rid of desire. He felt it was something that controlled him. He finally felt free. It's no mean irony that women's desire often goes the opposite way.
Buñuel's first film came out in the silent era, and his last the same year as Star Wars. In between are, by my estimation, at least 7 masterpieces and many more that come close. This is the perfect swansong, a playful, dark, bemused look at eternally thwarted desire and a killer satire of the male gaze. The double actresses are a brilliant conceit. Even pushing 80, Buñuel kept searching all the way until the end.
A fantastic final film from one of cinema's giants. As much as I didn't like Fernando Ray's character I related to his frustration and then Bunuel made me feel bad for it. The film serves as a fascinating portrayal of the way men treat and view, and want woman. It ended up being surprisingly critical of male desire while never denouncing it. I mean, desire and love are emotions that don't have any rationality at all.
I'm finding I'm beginning to really appreciate Bunuel more. His surrealism is less a visual one, and more a surrealism of the mind and what fascinates me about this film are the increasingly sadistic games both Mathieu and Conchinta play on one another, the different obstacles keeping them apart, and Bunuel's eye for erotically charged moments. He manages to create so much by showing so little, an amazing film.
Luis Buñuel's swan song is as delightful, vigorous, loudly cynic, rich and subversive as his other grand works. Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina are simply wonderful. masterpiece of imagery and eroticism.