When the young woman Tristana’s mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable nature, despite his socialistic views about business and religion.
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I don't get Bunuel fans who don't dig this film. It's like he adapted a Kate Chopin type story about female enslavement and added his usual themes/critiques about class, church and emotional irrationality into the mix. A great film.
At the beginning of his final decade of filmmaking, Buñuel is on tip-top form with an adaptation of a novel by Benito Pérez Galdós, author of Viridiana. By his standards, it's a relatively straightforward work lacking his usual surreal touches; a critique of Spanish society in which Rey is masterly as the ageing Don Lope, guardian and father-figure to Deneuve's orphan - until lust gets the better of him.. Wonderful..
A good production littered with Buñuel archetypes and motifs. It surprises me it's not more popular- maybe due to its unavailability. But after Belle de Jour, you'd expect more attention. It's a decent film, and Deneuve's performance is in top shape. I did not have a strong connection with it, however. I like it, but it's not in my favorites by him. I don't know. I'm rather apathetic to it, really.