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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 (Fernando Rey), the protective but impoverished aristocrat. Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society. He takes advantage of the vulnerable Tristana, who leaves him when she falls in love with Horacio (Franco Nero). Unable to commit to him, she returns to Don Lope when she falls ill.… More

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"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."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Driven by Deneuve's chilly sexuality, Tristana is hypnotically enigmatic."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Yes, it's more sex, satire and sadomasochism from Spanish maestro Luis Buñuel in this cynical black revenge-comedy."
‑ , Total Film
"[A] Surrealist classic ..."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Rey is brilliant as the mephistophelean, anti-clerical Socialist, dandy and outmoded master of social graces: father, lover and husband all in one."
‑ Chris Auty, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
"One of the greatest films from Buñuel's extremely rich late period."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Artforum
"Flanked by late-period masterworks that represent the culmination and perfection of Buñuel's long-cherished obsessions, the film is often relegated to the role of overlooked middle child."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's bitter, biting and brilliant."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Catherine Deneuve has never been more enigmatic, in all her icy blond authority."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"A restrained black comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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