Irreverent social drama with ample caustic enough surreal transitions. The purity/pollution dualism permeates this vitriolic attack on all forms of patriarchy, but women, too, since they inhabit the same universe are not free of false-consciousness. Materialist in style and ideology this is a film on invalidity: from the id to the entire social body. Hugely enjoyable with a great duo of leads!
This is for better or worse Bunuel's view on women. It's not as nuanced a view as 'Obscure Object', but still worth seeing. It's difficult being a person for whom desire is a constant issue. It means you can be manipulated, and if you run into the wrong person, like Deneuve here, they can make your life hell.
Meh. I really like Catherine Deneuve, but her work with Bunuel isn't her best. It felt like the first half of Viridiana extended to 2 mediocre hours. The only thing I was intrigued by was the metaphor of the deaf boy and the bell which is a good presentation of someone who's freed from the constraints of society. If anything, the story should have been about him.
Having only seen roughly half of Buñuel's films (missing most of the prolific early '50's, and NAZARIN), and while this might feel like mustard in between the thick cuts of EL (crowning masterpiece) and TOOoD, this film being a more "realistic" variation between the two; this made me revisit his filmography. I am pretty much mind blown. Jumping like a suicidal leap frog, his filmography sequence is unparalleled.
"[Long ago] when there was a lot of religion, people timed things by the bells, and they obeyed them. There was the ... the death knell, the fire warning, the victory bells, the call to mass, the peel for devotions. People listened, they went to visit the dying, to bury the dead, or to get their firearms if there was an alert. Times have changed. People are chasing after money. They don't listen." - The Bell-ringer