Novice nun Viridiana pays a visit to her lecherous uncle who falls in love with her. In an attempt to atone for a resulting disaster, she offers charity to a colorful collection of derelicts and beggars.
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This could be my favorite Buñuel! (this or Discreet Charm) It was definitely my most emotional Buñuel experience. I absolutely loved it on every level. The dinner scene at the end is one the most incredible things ever committed to celluloid. This film really managed to absolutely shock me which is getting harder and harder to do! Just absolutely incredible and well shot too! Perhaps one of my new favorite films.
After being welcomed back to España by Franco's government, foot fetishist Buñuel gleefully bit the hand that fed him, turning out a film that was custom made to appal his patrons with scenes like his infamous restaging of the Last Supper. It's an astonishing work; primarily an attack on Christian ethics via the goodness and innocence of the titular novitiate nun whose compassion only leads to abuse and humiliation..
Social satire at it’s bleakest and most uncompromising. Pretty much no one comes off good in this film. The rich are greedy animals who care only for themselves, and so are the poor. And the one woman who tries to be on both sides ends up becoming a “fallen woman” and earlier is almost raped a few times for her kind heartedness. The message of the movie is an incredibly, but effectively pessimistic one.
This is brilliant. I was worried I was getting bored in the first half but it really opens up. There's so much going on that the film leads you down so many avenues of analysis. Displays human nature so well but also has much to say as a film.