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The Obscure Object Of Desire (English Subtitled) 2001 NR

Lius Bunuel's final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle to the director's lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Bunuel regular Fernando Rey plays Matthieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita.

Starring:
Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Luis Buñuel
Starring Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet
Supporting actors Ángela Molina, Julien Bertheau, André Weber, Milena Vukotic, María Asquerino, Ellen Bahl, Valerie Blanco, Auguste Carrière, Jacques Debary, Antonio Duque, André Lacombe, Lita Lluch-Peiro, Annie Monange, Jean-Claude Montalban, Muni, Bernard Musson, Piéral, Isabelle Rattier
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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This cerebral film "The Obscure Object of Desire" pulled me in from the very first scene. A sophisticated gentleman is on a train and a young woman approaches. She is tall and demure but agitated. She's looking for someone; it's the sophisticated gentleman she seeks because when he sees her his reaction is one of surprise and horror. She finds him and pleads with him. He talks to a train conductor and when she appears at his car he throws a bucket of water over her. His riding companions are stunned because the act seems so contrary to his character. He proceeds to tell his traveling companions about his relationship with the woman; and this is the beginning of the story.

In this film, the unexpected happens. You never can predict what will happen next. The filmmaker is psychologically astute. The drama develops out of the intense relationships.

I won't spoil it for you by describing anything else. It is an excellent film full of eroticism, friendship and love. Did I say betrayal?

Watch it!
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As one of my friends once said, 'Obscure Object is my favorite film by that Spanish weirdo.' Indeed.

Set sometime in the recent past, in a dark variant of the social unrest which rocked Europe from the 1968 into the 70's, an aging aesthete recounts his love affair with that obscure object of desire, a younger woman. Bunuel casts two actresses, the coolly virginal Carol Bouquet and the sultry Angelina Molina as Conchita, his young mistress who promises everything but continually evades him until he is a frenzied state. But rather than a classic take on the Madonna-whore complex, Bunuel eventually reverses the roles of object and pursuer so that his hero is cast in a less than flattering light and as not the injured party who is continually repulsed and frustrated while the young woman emerges in her true light.

Genuinely funny and a marvelous take on the topic of romantic love, desire and obsession and actually getting what one wants. It's been years since I've seen it, but my tastes have remained consistent, so I would still unhesitatingly recommend it.
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Solid 5 starts, for those who like Spanish director Luis Buñuel, whose filmography is a genre of its own. .
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By Anyong on December 30, 2013
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This film is unique for its techniques, some of which had a touch more to do with accident than intent. In the end it comes out well and provides a lot to think about. This is largely in the same vein as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Phantom of Liberty.
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This movie was a waste of my time and money to watch. Not worth renting or viewing for that matter. Don't bother!
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