Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero, Lola Gaos,

The virginal Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope (Fernando Rey), an older man who eventually breaks through his facade of respectability and seduces her. (His justification: he loves her “purely.”) She repays him for robbing her of her childhood by preying on his jealousy and taunting him with her whimsies, but her own desire is nullified in the process. Critic Tom Milne wrote, “Church bells, a crucifix, fetishistic feet, all bearing discreet witness to the torments of a tale of amour fou: Tristana is so absolutely inexorably a [Luis] Buñuel film, telling everything but explaining nothing as it marshals wild cohorts of obsessions into a delicate filigree of pain, that it takes really Buñuelian language to describe it.”

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  • Luis Buñuel
  • Julio Alejandro
Based On
  • a novel by Benito Perez Galdos

  • Jose Aguayo
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 95 mins
  • Cohen Media Group