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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.

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (scenario) (as Luis Bunuel), Jean-Claude Carrière (collaboration) (as Jean-Claude Carriere) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Rey ... Mathieu
Carole Bouquet ... Conchita
Ángela Molina ... Conchita (as Angela Molina)
Julien Bertheau ... Edouard
André Weber André Weber ... Martin (as Andre Weber)
Milena Vukotic ... Femme dans le train
María Asquerino ... Encarnación - madre de Conchita
Ellen Bahl Ellen Bahl ... Manolita
Valerie Blanco Valerie Blanco ... Isabelle (as Valérie Blanco)
Auguste Carrière Auguste Carrière ... La femme qui reprise dans la vitrine (as Auguste Carriere)
Jacques Debary ... Un voyageur
Antonio Duque Antonio Duque ... Conducteur
André Lacombe André Lacombe ... Portier
Lita Lluch-Peiro Lita Lluch-Peiro ... Ballerine
Annie Monange 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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Certificate:

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Trivia

Final film directed by Luis Buñuel. See more »

Goofs

Mathieu enters the room where Conchita dances nude, throws the leftmost table to the right, and chases out all the men. The remaining table and chairs on the left are standing upright. After they talk for two minutes the camera returns to the area with the tables, where that same table and chairs lean against the wall in disarray. See more »

Quotes

Mathieu: I respect love too much to go seeking it in the back streets.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

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

Pests and rodents -- even more obscure symbols?
5 October 2009 | by dbufkinSee 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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Country:

France | Spain

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

8 October 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$912
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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