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That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

Cet obscur objet du désir (original title)
Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his 19-year old former chambermaid Conchita.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Conchita (as Angela Molina)
Julien Bertheau ...
Edouard
André Weber ...
Martin (as Andre Weber)
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Femme dans le train
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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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Storyline

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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8 October 1977 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$55,261 (USA) (16 November 2001)
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Maria Schneider, frequently nude in Last Tango in Paris (1972) (Last Tango in Paris), walked off the film in protest at the amount of nude scenes. See more »

Quotes

Mathieu: I respect love too much to go seeking it in the back streets.
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Die Walküre
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conducted by Karl Böhm
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Bunuel seldom disappoints
17 December 2002 | by (Madison, WI USA) – See all my reviews

Buñuel's "That Obscure Object of Desire" dripped with substance and stunned me throughout the entire film. The masterful working of the two women into the role of Conchita was wonderful. I do not believe Buñuel for a second when he claims that he intended to use one actress, but she quit unexpectedly after shooting several critical scenes. If it is true, it is one of the more miraculous accidents in film right up there with Casablanca and The Third Man. I can be certain that he consciously gave the different Conchita's different personalities and modes of behavior. That comes across as being the focal point of the movie, turning a mediocre "one actress" film into an engaging event. If I had to put my money on something, I'd say that Buñuel is pulling some Andy Kaufman trickery here... the film worked too well with the so-called "change of plans." Or... if you have enough monkeys on typewriters, you'll get the Great American Novel. I don't believe this was chance at all. 10/10.


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