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That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
"Cet obscur objet du désir" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  8 October 1977 (USA)
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Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. Over the next few hours he explains (and we see ... See full summary »

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Conchita (as Angela Molina)
Julien Bertheau ...
Edouard
André Weber ...
Martin (as Andre Weber)
Milena Vukotic ...
Femme dans le train
María Asquerino ...
Encarnación - madre de Conchita
Ellen Bahl ...
Manolita
Valerie Blanco ...
Isabelle (as Valérie Blanco)
Auguste Carrière ...
La femme qui reprise dans la vitrine (as Auguste Carriere)
Jacques Debary ...
Un voyageur
Antonio Duque ...
Conducteur
André Lacombe ...
Portier
Lita Lluch-Peiro ...
Ballerine
Annie Monange
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Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. Over the next few hours he explains (and we see in flashback) how he became obsessed by her (so much so that he failed to notice that she was played by two different actresses, representing different sides of her personality), and how she tantalised him, but would never allow him to satisfy his desire for her... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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$8,673 (USA) (13 July 2001)

Gross:

$55,261 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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Luis cameo: as in 'Belle De Jour' and 'Phantom of Liberty' Bunuel does another walk-on in Obscure Object.. immediately after Fernando Rey's first scene - Luis and his chauffeur are blown to bits on their way to the bank, victims of an unexplained terrorist attack. See more »

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Could have been made last week
26 January 2003 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Depending on your point of view, this film is either a biting, insightful, timeless illumination of human dignity and indignity or a woeful commentary on how painfully slowly we evolve. The main story, humorous and poignant by turns, is punctuated by subplot bits that come right out of this week's news. Not bad for a film shot a quarter of a century ago.

Fernando Rey is simply wonderful, and Conchita are fabulous! Bunuel, as always, is once again a delight.


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