Tristana 1970

Critics score:
100 / 100

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Vincent Canby, New York Times: Viridiana is his undoubted masterpiece, but Tristana is more pure and more consistent, less ambiguous and more complex. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: Bunuel conjures with Freudian imagery, outrageous humor, and a quiet, lyrical camera style to create one of his most complex and complete works, a film that continues to disturb and transfix. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands. Read more

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. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: As Don Lope, Fernando Rey is superb. Read more