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A newly restored and rediscovered classic from a master of cinema and starring one of the world’s most beautiful leading ladies, TRISTANA is often called Buñuel’s most Spanish film and provided Catherine Deneuve with one of her favorite roles. After the death of her mother, young Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope (Fernando Rey), an older man who eventually breaks through his façade of respectability and seduces her. She repays him a hundred fold, preying on his jealousy and taunting him with perverse whimsies.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 17
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 8.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Viridiana is his undoubted masterpiece, but Tristana is more pure and more consistent, less ambiguous and more complex.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: A haunting study of a human relationship in which the power changes hands.