La Voie lactée (The Milky Way)
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While arch surrealist Luis Bunuel never made a secret of his skepticism about the existence of God, he was also raised as a strict Spanish Catholic and remained fascinated with the church's teaching throughout his life, and his obsessions with both faith and the contradictions of dogma provided the basis for this episodic satiric comedy. Jean (Laurent Terzieff) and Pierre (Paul Frankeur) are two threadbare vagabonds who are making their way from Paris to Spain on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James are believed to be kept. While Jean and Pierre's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything is photographed straightforwardly, in cheerful but not bilious color, and seen with documentary-like clarity."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"You can feel the master laughing heartily at his own hijinks, and that takes away all pretension and makes the film interesting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This comical film will make any viewer question his beliefs -- from religious fanatic to rabid atheist."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though highly regarded in some circles, The Milky Way may be the worst film Buñuel ever made; at the very least, it may be his most jaded and inhuman."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A bit of a poor relation among the magnificent films of Buñuel's late period, but rarely shown and well worth seeing."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Though not unanimously considered one of the director's greatest works, The Milky Way may be one of his most poignant explorations of true spirituality ..."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"I doubt such an unrelenting challenge to the Christian faith, in both its substance and its expression, has ever been made in a more easygoing fashion."
‑ Alan Dale,
"Most people will dislike this movie, or at least be bored to tears by it. I enjoyed it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Has some laughs mostly at the expense of Catholic dogma."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"describing it somewhat in the vein of teaching a humpback whale how to solve a Rubik's cube"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"More witty than Dogma and more aesthetically refined than the original Bedazzled, the film is affectionately irreverent and adventurous storytelling."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
"Think of it as Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road to Heresy and you're close to the spirit of the whole thing."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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