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

R  |   |  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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$55,261 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Mathieu: I respect love too much to go seeking it in the back streets.
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Referenced in Historia de 'S' (1979) See more »

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Die Walküre
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Conducted by Karl Böhm
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Pests and rodents -- even more obscure symbols?
5 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, the back drop of terrorism. Yes, the ubiquitous sack. But how about the mouse caught in a trap inexplicably in the middle of a scene? Or the fat disgusting fly in Fernando Rey's drink in another scene? What was it doing there? (Yes I know, the backstroke!) But seriously, these bizarre additions are intrusive but do not actually disrupt the narrative (as heavy symbolism does in so many art house films.) They are intriguing. To me it is meant to offer the audience a clue that Mathieu's love for Conchita is not pure. It is contaminated by lust and the shallow insincerity of both of them.

I'm open to better suggestions.

I have to say I loved this film.


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