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SYNOPSIS: Adapted from Pierre Louys' 1898 novel 'Le Femme et le Pantin', THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE marked Bunuel's final film. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Bunuel favourite Fernando Rey), a wealthy middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita (Carole Bouquet). Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl's affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other. Brimming with the subversive wit which characterises Bunuel's finest work, THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE takes satiric aim at a decadent, decaying society riddled with political unrest and moral bankruptcy. Nominated for two Academy Awards, it is an apt summation of the director's obsession with the connection between sex and violence and a fitting epitaph to a remarkable career. ABOUT THE DVD: This is a release for the UK market by OPTIMUM RELEASING (Region 2 PAL format - which will play on all standard DVD players in the UK and the rest of Europe - buyers outside of Europe will need a multi-region players in order to view it) - The film is presented in COLOUR and in WIDESCREEN format (1.66:1 aspect ratio) and runs for a total of 99 minutes - the AUDIO is the original FRENCH language - SUBTITLES are in ENGLISH language only - SPECIAL FEATURES are a 26 minute documentary 'A BODY OF WORK TO MEND' and the film's original theatrical trailer.
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There's a great 45 minute short film to be told from this story. At over 90 minutes it's not so great. Too little spread too thinly over too many minutes. There's just not enough here to sustain my interest for the full length. I started yawning by the end.
As usual with Luis Buñuel the good parts are very good, so something arresting will pop up every now and again to keep you going.
I first saw the film about ten years ago. I thought it was borderline okay, but very flawed and a little boring. This was only my second viewing as it's not a movie that calls for repeat screenings. Once was more than enough.
The lead female character is played by two actresses to no notable effect. She is an annoying, exasperating woman. When he finally snaps and starts slapping her around I found myself fully on his side. I don't recommend the film to feminists.
The movie doesn't really work, and is overall more of a failure than a success. The story just doesn't need so much running time to tell it effectively. I wouldn't call the movie slowly paced, more dragged out by bloating the plot with scene after scene of him getting close and then her rejecting him. You only need to see this happen so many times.
If the film wasn't subtitled and directed by someone with an arty reputation, I probably wouldn't take it any more seriously than a Carry On movie. Still, it's a lot better, shorter and thematically richer than Stanley Kubrick's brick of a film Eyes Wide Shut, with which it shares some similarities (That Obscure Object of Desire could make a strong 45 minute film, Eyes Wide Shut a so-so 30 minute film).
TOOOD is also notable, of course, for Bunuel’s casting of two actresses (both stunningly beautiful), Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina as the titular 'object’, Conchita, and switching seamlessly (and inexplicably) between them, with Fernando Rey’s wealthy 'desirer’, Mathieu, apparently oblivious to the difference (perhaps signifying that Mathieu’s obsession is with a 'generic’ – rather than individual – female?). The film’s fictional obsession, though, is almost certainly at least partially a self-reflection for Bunuel, as much of the film’s action takes place in Spain (Seville, admittedly, rather than Aragon), as well as Conchita being the name of the film-maker’s sister.Read more ›
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I LIKED IT BECASE BECAUSE OF IT'S WIT AND CINICISM ONE ALWAYS FINDS IN A BUNUELS FILM. I RECOMEND IT TO ANY ONE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD STORY.Published on 21 Oct. 2013 by EZ21491660
There may be contemporary political and social issues underlying this sparkling film but its salient issue, as comes across to me, has occupied us for the whole of man's tenure on... Read morePublished on 18 May 2010 by Niall Fox
A middle-aged man (brilliantly played by Fernando Rey) becomes obsessed with a young woman, who alternately encourages and rejects him. Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2010 by VCBF (Val)
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