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293 Ratings

The Young One

Directed by Luis Buñuel
United States, Mexico, 1960


An jazz musician seeks refuge from a lynch mob on a remote island, where he meets a hostile game warden and the young object of his attentions.

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The Young One Directed by Luis Buñuel

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1960 | Special Mention

Locarno International Film Festival

1960 | Winner: Swiss Federation of Cine-Clubs Award

Critics reviews

Buñuel bitterly dramatizes the relentless threat of violence against black Americans, the virtual impunity of their assailants, and the moral rot that white supremacy both depends on and fosters. With his sly look at crude survivalists living among animals and insects and his jaundiced view of law and nature alike, Buñuel holds out only glimmers of hope.
June 30, 2017
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Buñuel has rightly called it one of his most personal projects, and it also happens to be one of the most pungent films about the American south ever made — though it was shot in its entirety in Mexico. One of his most sensual, sheerly physical works, it never qualifies as either pornography or sensationalism (though it was probably marketed as both), and its black comedy has a moral complexity typical of his finest work: the film refuses to label any of its five characters as a hero or villain.
June 01, 2009
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