Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)
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Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)
The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Luis Bu˝uel's Los Olvidados (aka The Forgotten Ones and The Young and the Damned) was the director's first international box-office success. Yet Bu˝uel showed no signs of curbing the outrageous iconoclasm that made him famous in Europe and South America; one of the more lasting images of the film is the clash-of-cultures shot of a glistening new skyscraper rising above the squalid slums of Mexico City. The story concerns a gang of juvenile delinquents, whose sole redeeming quality is their apparent devotion to one another. Part of the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a masterpiece that tangles individual and social ills into a knot, which, as we're warned in an opening voiceover, it offers no easy way to untie, rousing a sickening sense of injustice."
‑ Nick Funnell, Time Out
"Once seen, this movie can never be forgotten."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Bowery Boys and Pinturas Negras, Luis Bu˝uel's lower depths"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"In [Bunuel's] vigorous storytelling, he not only finds forceful images in the drama's reality, but adds a dream sequence - a miniature masterpiece that, by itself, is reason enough to see the film."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"This is grim reality, and social realism is not precisely Bu˝uel's forte; it is the poetic departure from this reality that makes Los Olvidados so riveting."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"The film that Bu˝uel said reinvigorated his career, and indeed, its love of his young characters and his energetic, grassroots direction imbues it with a seemingly youthful vigor, even though Bu˝uel was 50 when he made it."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Although made with meticulous realism and unquestioned fidelity to facts, its qualifications as dramatic entertainment -- or even social reportage -- are dim."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Bunuel's chronicle of juvenile delinquents in Mexico is one of the first and best features about this issue."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Casts an unblinking gaze on the wretched lives of amoral Mexico City slum kids without sentiment or preaching."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"A hugely influential film, foreshadowing the likes of A Clockwork Orange and Kids, and its matter-of-fact brilliance continues to astonish."
‑ Tom Dawson, BBC.com
"Every viewing of Los Olvidados offers further proof of its perfection."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Bu˝uel's apparent lack of compassion for his juvenile delinquents is what finally makes the film an unusually powerful social document and a disturbing piece of drama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The mean older sibling of every hell-is-for-children shocker from Pixote to Kids and Ratcatcher."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Bu˝uel was, among other things, the great dirty surrealist of cinema."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"A hugely influential, matter-of-factly brilliant film."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
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