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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 nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita.

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(as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

(scenario) (as Luis Bunuel), (collaboration) (as Jean-Claude Carriere) | 1 more credit »

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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)
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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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Luis Bunuel's Masterpiece

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

8 October 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

That Obscure Object of Desire  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$55,261 (USA) (18 November 2001)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The final scene of the movie in which a woman mending a bloody nightgown was the last scene Luis Bunuel shot as a director. See more »

Quotes

Mathieu: My Conchita...
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Connections

Featured in CinéMagique (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Walküre
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele
Conducted by Karl Böhm
Philips 6747947
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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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