Gently surreal comedy directed by Spanish auteur Luis Buñuel. A young bridegroom, Oliverio (Esteban Marquez), is called away on his wedding day to settle matters on behalf of his dying mother. When he arrives at the family home he quickly realises that his brothers have been neglecting their mother's care in favour of plotting how to squander her inheritance. In order to get the will altered to protect her wishes, he embarks upon an eventful two-day bus journey during which he meets many odd characters and is faced with new temptations at every turn.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: ASCENT TO HEAVEN is a life affirming comedy/drama that centres on Oliverio, a young newly wed enjoying his honeymoon. The peace and solitude is soon shattered when Oliverio brothers arrive and insist on taking him home to see their ailing mother. Once back, Oliverio learns of his motherÂ's concerns; realising that she has little time left and that her other sons are not to be trusted, Oliverio is charged with finding a solicitor to legitimise his mother's will. Easy? Not quite, as Oliverio soon fins out when he is forced to take an unforgettable journey on a beaten-up bus, across rivers, mountains and forests. This lost classic from Luis Bunuel (LE CHIEN ANDALOU, BELLE DE JOUR) shows the director a t his most playful. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Ascent to Heaven ( Subida al cielo ) ( Mexican Bus Ride )