Directed by Luis Bunuel
We are officially starting the 1970s. Who is excited? Anyone? When we start the 80s, I can use a Ferris Bueller reference here that I am sure will kill. Anyway, we are kicking off the 70s with a really great film.
Catherine Deneuve plays Tristana, a young orphan who is taken care of by Don Lope Garrido. He is deeply in love with her, while she desires to feel real passion and be independent. When she ends up falling for a new guy, it seems like she should finally be able to achieve happiness. Unfortunately, it is a Spanish film so nothing can work out that well.
We all know that anything done by Catherine Deneuve is going to be absolutely brilliant. However, a great performance doesn't always mean a great movie; just look at abominations like Mamma Mia or Nine. In this case, though, we got a great plot and not once did Daniel Day-Lewis sing! I call it a win.
The character of Don Lope is partially based on Bunuel's father.