The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
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The Ambassador of the small South American country of Miranda is trafficking in drugs with some French bourgeois friends of his. But every time they want to have dinner together, their plans are put off due to unexpected events. In their quest of a lavish feast, the dividing-line between reality and dreams becomes unclear for each guest, leading to complete and utter ridicule.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: It combines a masterful command of the medium with a mischievous, anarchic sense of imaginative freedom.
Fresh: For about 45 minutes, it's actually rather droll.
Fresh: Luis Bunuel adds another fine film to his solid record with this surrealistically oriented tale of so-called bourgeois types.
Fresh: This has to be one of the most completely realized comedies ever made, and, in its odd way, one of the most civilized.
Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie
This is a classic by Luis Bunuel, the Spanish film maker who collaborated with surrealist Salvador Dali on the short film "The Andalusian Dog," which is taught in all cinema courses. Bunuel made a series of films in which comfortable bourgeois characters find their pleasant meals interrupted by unexpected events. This one is no exception. It showcases Fernando Rey as the Ambassador to France of a corrupt, politically unstable Latin American country called Miranda. He is constantly fending off provocative questions about the squalor of his homeland as he graces tables of plenty in Paris. Well done!