That obscure object of desire

That obscure object of desire

DVD - 2001 | French
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A middle-aged man falls in love with a much younger woman in this satire of sexual obsession.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9780780024618
Branch Call Number: FRE 791.4372 C42b1
Language Note: In French with optional English language track or subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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May 03, 2017

Brilliant film with the ingenious device of the same role being played by two (gorgeous!) actresses. This is a must for those with sado-masochistic tendencies. All is tempered (as usual) with a good dose of irony and humour (terrorism included) by the master Bunuel. Strongly recommended!

May 14, 2016

In this his final film 77-year old director Luis Buñuel once again indulges his fascination with the intricacies of sexual passion and how it compares to everything from violence and civil unrest to economic inequality and class struggle. Older, wealthier Mathieu holds all the privilege that comes with money and position, young Conchita holds “that obscure object of desire” between her legs, and everyone else seems to be using either one or the other to get their own needs fulfilled. Of course there’s the usual jabs at religion (one terrorist cell is named after the baby Jesus and Conchita’s real name is “Concepcion”) and it is no coincidence that Mathieu’s spellbound audience listening to his sad tale of l'amour fou as their train makes its way to Paris is composed of a judge, a woman, and a psychologist who just happens to be a midget. But Buñuel’s genius is most evident in his decision to cast two women in the role of Conchita—one demure and sulking, the other fiery and unpredictable—who tag team their way in and out of Mathieu’s affections. Add to that some very clever conceits utilizing mirrors, bloodied lingerie, and emotional baggage suddenly made material and you have a mordantly funny, slightly sadomasochistic, satire that keeps your eyes rolling right up to its ludicrous finale.

NewYorkViews May 04, 2015

Romantic unassuming thriller about an older, arrogant, wealthy French businessman enchanted with a young, poor but well bred, beautiful, ethereal flamenco dancer (played by two actresses) from Spain who thinks he is using her/a use job situation.

Mar 21, 2013

Cet obscur objet du désir (English: That Obscure Object of Desire) is a 1977 black comedy directed by Luis Buñuel.
This film turned out to be his final film.
Set in Spain and France against the backdrop of a terrorist insurgency, the film tells the story of an aging Frenchman who falls in love with a young woman who repeatedly frustrates his romantic and sexual desires.
A dysfunctional and sometimes violent romance between Mathieu (played by Fernando Rey), a middle-aged, wealthy Frenchman, and a young, impoverished and beautiful flamenco dancer from Seville, Conchita, played by Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina.
The two actresses each appear unpredictably in separate scenes, and differ not only physically, but temperamentally as well.
I couldn't tell which one was which until almost the end of the film.
Yet, it didn't confuse me at all.
Although two actresses played the heroine, she constantly seemed to be a good-for-nothing girl for the wealthy Frenchman.
He should've realized it in the first place.
However, he couldn't.
Why? It is because the film is one of the darkest comedies ever made.

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