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Los olvidados

Directed by Luis Buñuel
Mexico, 1950
Drama, Crime


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.

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Los olvidados Directed by Luis Buñuel

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1951 | Winner: Best Director

2019 | Cannes Classics

BAFTA Awards

1953 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Critics reviews

It is said that after Vittorio De Sica saw LOS OLVIDADOS for the first time he asked Buñuel, “Has society done something to you? Has it mistreated you? Have you suffered a lot?” De Sica, perhaps, could not see beyond the dirt-poor misery of the street kids in the film, so vividly rendered by Buñuel.
October 09, 2015
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Less reformist pamphlet than ultra-lucid horror show, this unrelenting exposé is a subversion of neorealist tropes, the film world’s rediscovery of Buñuel, an egg thrown in the eye of the voyeuristic camera sniffing for tidy misery. Not even the unconscious can be an escape when the poor impotently prey on the poor, the boy’s dream (grinning corpse, feathers, floating mother and raw beef) is Lorca’s “confin de carne y sueño,” surely.
March 25, 2013
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