Dividida en tres partes. Primero la trama buñueliana sobre el hombre de inclinaciones pedófilas e intención incestuosa. El deseo por una difunta esposa como excusa. Segundo es una mujer enmendando una culpa impuesta y un heredero obstruyendo la benevolencia de la primera. Tercero es una secuencia carnavalesca. En resumen, "Viridiana" es el proyecto frustrado. La sociedad benevolente que esconde un rostro perverso.
There are few people who commit to practicing what they preach, it's a lost art and not one to be criticised. Bunuel suggests the purity of Christian ideals is tested by how one reacts to the reality of suffering; true charity can be thankless. We are constantly floundering but the meaning for why is entirely left up to our own interpretation.
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.
An audacious drama that begins with a weird first half (that partially reveals Bunuels fetishes) then flips and reveals his darkly humorous look at religion. It doesn't completely work but when it does it's interestingly cynical and comfortable with it; it's the type of film where a saved stray dog is just one of many and helping the unfortunate (who even hate a "leper") leads to a disastrous dinner.
Essential. Bunuel certainly knew how to push the buttons of the church and the censors and it is still inflammatory today. Wonderful script questioning faith, human nature and blind optimism. Pinal and Rey perfectly cast plus a wonderful group of villians and beggars.