That Obscure Object of Desire
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

Adapted from Pierre Louys' 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is the 30th and final film from the great Luis Buñuel. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 17, 1977
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

With an effortlessness matched by no other director today, Buñuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.

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John Wells
The Spectator

[Bunuel] remains as brilliantly in control of his own emotions as he does of the process of making the film.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Only Buñuel can make coldness burn with intoxicating sensuality.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

One of the director's later works, That Obscure Object of Desire, examines the puzzle of sexual politics.

Emanuel Levy

Bunuel's swan song, his 30th feature, is one of his finest, a surreal fable that's inventive with its double casting.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The swan song film for the legendary Spanish filmmaker.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A mature commentary on the invisible line between passion and absurdity -- erotic, political, and religious.

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Cole Smithey

Buñuel finenesses the unrequited love between his characters with such a command of cinematic spontaneity and humanity that you could watch it a hundred times. Genius.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Buñuel made often perverse, always subversive films that drew protests, bans and undying appreciation from colleagues.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A rich old man (Fernando Rey) courts 18-year old Conchita (who, with no explanation, is played by two different actresses) over the years, but she seems to be… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Luis Buñuel's swan song is as delightful, vigorous, loudly cynic, rich and subversive as his other grand works. Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet and Angela… More
Stefanie C
'what do I have to do? what do I have to prove my love to you'
Steven Carrier
Now this is a lot of fun. Luis Bunuel's final film, "That Obscure Object of Desire" charts the relevant yet rocky terrain of passion vs.… More