Upper-class geometry professor Juan and his wealthy, married mistress Maria José, driving back from a late-night rendezvous, accidentally hit a cyclist, and run. Juan Antonio Bardem’s charged melodrama Death of a Cyclist was a direct attack on 1950s Spanish society under Franco’s rule.
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Many elements are incredibly experimental, and they achieve so much that it's easy to overlook the flaws. The editing, especially, takes many risks in presenting the story in a disjointed manner, with abrupt cuts, that do not distract from the overall narrative. The dialogue is so rich and beautiful. I don't think there has been a film in my recent memory where the dialogue resonated so much from a poetic angle.
A simple story made into a compelling psychological thriller.Reminds of early Hitchcock,with added political and moral themes.
Set during Franco's reign and showing no respect or love for the upper class,seen as hypocrites who supported the dictator.
A reasonably decent drama thriller with more drama than thrills; in fact, not many things that would constitute the title thriller at all. It's a thriller mostly on principle and the way it is directed, as the two main characters in the end have very little to be worried about, as the crime they committed was seen by no one. It's the lead up to this discovery (which they already knew, really) that has the suspense.
Relationships between characters were so good. I was expecting a attitude from rafa that shape the progress of story .but his role was suddenly disappeared. if we want summarize ;Betrayal is giving rise to a new betrayal. That's all.
Relationships, betrayals, love, revenge and mystery - A perfect Spanish movie with an Antonioniesque take on relationships and their impotency and exposes hypocrisy & lawlessness in Spanish society under Franco's regime. Suspenseful storyline, topnotch acting performances and supreme direction makes it one amazing movie. Highly Recommended!