Tristana (1970)

Luis Buñuel's Tristana is a surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of the title character, who is portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Tristana is a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 30, 1992
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The rigid rituals of duty and honor form an inextricable bond of pleasure and degradation, of sex and death-and render sin all the more exciting.

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Variety Staff

As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb.

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Jamie S. Rich

Driven by Deneuve's chilly sexuality, Tristana is hypnotically enigmatic.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

You can almost sense the director's pleasure in taking apart the duplicities of a patriarchal Spanish society, the long-standing sexual double standard for men and one young woman's revolt against convention.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one.

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Both leads give strong performances, and even though they don't engender an emotional response from viewers for most of the film their characters remain powerfully heartfelt creations.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

As much as this tale of bent love runs in the ruts of its maker's obsessions, it has an undertow that's impossible to shake.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

It's bitter, biting and brilliant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The dubbing of Deneuve's voice into Spanish seems to diminish the impact of her performance, but sill this a fascinating story of power, hypocrisy,… More
Anthony Valletta
Any time Bunuel and Deneuve team up you're in for a treat.
Greg S
An old man (Fernando Rey) becomes obsessed with an beautiful orphan girl (Catherine Denueve) whom he adopts; she leaves him but returns when she loses her leg.… More
Stefan P
Pretty interesting but nothing special.