Susana has a spellbinding quality that draws one into the film from the very beginning. It could be the picturesque Mexican settings or the music that matches the actions so well, but more than that, the story is exceptional. The story has enough drama and melodrama to compete with Greek classics. The story is also captivating because Susana is seemingly innocent and even meek, but in reality she is a crafty and a sinister woman. Her skill is employing temptation to manipulate others, however chaos also ensues from her work.
The story begins when Susana is trown into a cell in a reformatory (which looks like a prison). In a moment of fear, she pleads to God for a way out, which she soon finds. She excapes her imprisionment on that rainy and stormy night and finds her way onto a ranch. There, she plays coy at times and does all she can to make another fall for her the rest of the time. But she doesn't limit herself to one target - one of the chief ranch workers, the owner of the ranch and even the owner's son are all her targets.
Luis Buñuel had an amazing skill as a director and watching Susana will make one appreciate his talent. As we try to figure out what Susana will try next, while we wonder who she really is, it is hard not to be taken in by this story with timeless appeal. Although the plot is simple enough for everyone to appreciate, there is also symbolism and surrealism present, if one looks for them. Susana is a great film and one that I would recommend to all audiences.