Master surrealist director Luis Buñuel’s Oscar-winning satire follows the exploits of a group of bourgeois friends whose attempts to have a sophisticated dinner with one another seems to be constantly foiled by the most bizarre of circumstances.
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The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieDirected byLuis Buñuel
Not quite biting the hand that feeds him, but a fair proportion of Bunuel's audience is simultaneously skewered in this delicious laceration of haute bourgeoisie mores and rituals. Perhaps his most approachable work and a good starting point for the waking surrealism that confounds and bewilders all that is hypocritical established. An hilarious summation of recurring themes, notably from The Exterminating Angel.
"Charm" is the key word—not that the movie is light or airy, but that it's about a group of people who make glancing contact with serious real-world problems and respond with a gently oblivious well-mannered wit. All they want is to have dinner and exchange polite bon mots. All the darker things will only happen to them in a dream. A really great film, with an atmosphere all its own.
Stories within stories, dreams within dreams using absurds combinations. This film sprinkled in dry humour and gentle social critique. With bits of non-linear narrative and many layers of incidental meaning along the way although it wasn't clear-cut. Visually, it was a bit on the bland side and a bit draggy.