(out of 5)
Luis Bunuel reunites with his Belle De Jour star Catherine Deneuve for another classic. After her mother dies, Deneuve is left in the care of a wealthy, older gentleman (Fernando Rey) who, despite being an honourable man, eventually becomes obsessively in love with his little charge. He seduces her, though he makes sure to let her know that she is under no obligation to him and is free as a bird in respect to their relationship. Franco Nero also appears as a young suitor to Deneuve. Bunuel’s wonderful story has the usually wry, devilishly clever outcome that all his films feature.
Directed by Luis Bunuel
Cinematography by Jose F. Aguayo
Produced by Luis Bunuel, Robert Dorfmann
Production Design by Enrique Alarcon
Film Editing by Pedro del Rey
Academy Awards: 1970