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Acclaimed director Luis Buñuel displays several of his trademark interests in this drama about a priest who leaves his order. The director's disdain for organized religion and the establishment, as well as his tendency to shock through visual imagery, are both apparent. Nazarin (Francisco Rabal) is the priest who leaves his order and decides to go on a pilgrimage. As he goes along subsisting on alms, he shelters a prostitute wanted by the police for murder. He is released from suspicion and she eventually catches up with him when she escapes imprisonment. Another woman joins the duo and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is so grim that it lacks even the energy to present itself dramatically."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Perhaps the most accomplished and difficult of Luis Buñuel's Mexican films."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The surreal moments are relatively few in this wonderfully acted and underviewed masterpiece"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"It lacks his brilliant wit and seems much less adventurous than his 60s masterpieces."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"This is another fine example of Buñuel's powerful films made during his exile in Mexico."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While the film itself remains a subtle attack on religious naivete, the director would never be as mindful of the possibilities of spiritual healing as he is here."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"A very straightforward film for Buñuel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The most breathtaking cinematic cross-examination of faith I have ever seen… not content to ignore religion as a non-issue, or to take cheap shots at its practitioners."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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