That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) - Comedy, Drama

Hohum Score

42

Bearable

Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 13 out of 67 found boring (19.4%)

One-line Reviews (35)

That comes across as being the focal point of the movie, turning a mediocre "one actress" film into an engaging event.

What starts of fairly slow and uninteresting soon naturally evolves into a suspenseful and psychologically taxing study into the obsessiveness behind relationships and how that plays out between the two sexes.

The great Fernando Rey (French Connection, Tristana, Viridiana, Campanadas a medianoche) and the great cinematographer Edmond Richard (Campanadas a medianoche '65, le Procès '63, Fantôme liberté '74, Charme discret '72) complement Buñuel's intriguing techniques.

Thid wry and enjoyable motion picture was well photographed by Edmond Richard and being compellingly directed by Luis Buñuel who was voted the 14th Greatest Director of all time .

The ending of That Obscure Object of Desire is quite fascinating and left open for interpretation.

It was totally an unexpected film by Bunuel.

Here's a brief list from those that I have seen: The Ogre (1996), Valmont (1989), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964).

Watching this again, about 5 years after having first seen it, was, sad to say, rather boring, even tedious.

Sowing confusion into men's lives .

There's a clumsy subplot involving terrorists that leads to a predictable conclusion.

While it has a slow pace, the movie feeds from it, especially because you have to get a grip of the story- and time-line you have to handle.

You simply watch and wonder -- some of Buñuel's cinematic ideas are brilliant, some are quixotic, some are just plain odd or even tiresome.

This is perhaps his most widely appreciated, but I found it uninteresting.

Once he feels he's got exclusive rights to her in his country house, he immediately tries to set her up in his late wife's room - as though she's a new acquisition to replace an old spot left empty.

OK, on top of the dual-actress, one character conceit is the flashback narrative story locomotion on the train to diffuse further the confusing, the train characters all appearing to be affirming and approving in their voyeurism, which is/was unlikely.

What makes the case of Conchita so fascinating, is how controlling and cunning she is at Mathieu's advances, and as a female character, Bunuel constructs what is in essence, a feminist hero.

Which feels like a sort of slight reward for sitting through something so dull.

The ending is a big surprise and unexpected.

Once Mathieu finds his seat, the passengers among him stare at him with intense curiosity.

) unpredictable shifts in mood, from coy temptation to spiteful rejection, leave him in a state of dangerous frustration.

We enter, his final picture, "That Obscure Object of Desire", and it is by far his most sexually fascinating film of all.

Surprisingly delightful, exciting, and challenging .

) They are intriguing.

It is what I call the complete package, its very VERY entertaining.

This makes the film fascinating viewing even more so that the women don't even look the slightest bit alike.

Don't waste your time watching the same old false story that Hollywood dishes out over and over again - watch this instead, you'll love it!

The nature of love, passion, obsession - these are all intriguing questions, and Bunuel digs deep, to their very core.

Boredom and sexual attraction as catalysts of men's demise...

Their sado-masochistic relationship is certainly entertaining.

The pace was strangely slow, although the incidents were varied.

The other Bunuel film this may most closely resemble is Belle de Jour, which focused on the inner thoughts and obsessions of a bored, frigid Parisian housewife who dabbles in sexual promiscuity.

One of the more unexplained and fascinating aspects of the picture was the ongoing crisis of domestic terrorism in France that occurred as the story of the two lovers was being told.

Fascinating Viewing .

Having watched Bunuel's first film: Un Chien Andalou, I was expecting a film of a pretentious, pointless, and angering nature.

His torture is both endless and fascinating.