La Voie lactée (The Milky Way)
La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969)

Religious pilgrims Pierre (Paul Frankeur) and Jean (Laurent Terzieff) journey to a shrine in the north of Spain. Their faith is severely tested by some of the irreverent characters they confront in the course of their pilgrimage. Even… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 15, 1969
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Everything is photographed straightforwardly, in cheerful but not bilious color, and seen with documentary-like clarity.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

You can feel the master laughing heartily at his own hijinks, and that takes away all pretension and makes the film interesting.

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TV Guide

This comical film will make any viewer question his beliefs -- from religious fanatic to rabid atheist.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A bit of a poor relation among the magnificent films of Buñuel's late period, but rarely shown and well worth seeing.

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Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

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 ...

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Alan Dale

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has some laughs mostly at the expense of Catholic dogma.

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Chris Cabin

describing it somewhat in the vein of teaching a humpback whale how to solve a Rubik's cube

Doug Cummings

More witty than Dogma and more aesthetically refined than the original Bedazzled, the film is affectionately irreverent and adventurous storytelling.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Two down and out men travel from France to Spain for a pilgrimage, along the way meeting various absurd characters who illustrate historical Christian heresies.… More
Bruce Bruce
This one made little sense to me, Had hard time telling where I was in the film or if I was even watching the same movie at times.