Tristana (1970)

After the death of her mother, Tristana goes to live with her guardian Don Lope, who seduces her. She runs away from Lope with a young artist named Horacio. Unable to commit to Horacio and in need of health care due to her growing cancer,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 29, 1970
DVD 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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Josh Larsen

With Tristana, Buñuel depicts sexual liberation as a snake that eats its own tail.

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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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Jamie S. Rich

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

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 83% 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.