Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#538 Viridiana

This is the third Luis Bunuel film that I have seen, after Un Chien Andalou, and Abmismos de Pasion, his adaptation of Wuthering Heights. This film is two separate stories about how you can't really trust anyone. The first half is about Viridiana, a woman about to take her vows to become a nun, who is forced to stay with her uncle for a little while. She looks exactly like her uncle's dead wife, so he instantly falls in love with her and tries to convince her to stay and be his wife. He even has her wear his wife's wedding dress, and when she refuses his advances, he drugs her and almost rapes her before changing his mind. After she leaves, he ends up killing himself. The second half is after Viridiana decides that she no longer wants to go back to the convent. She decides to do good another way and lets a bunch of vagrants stay with her. At first they seem grateful and harmless, but as soon as she leaves, they destroy the house and one of them tries to rape Viridiana after she returns. This woman just goes through a whole bunch of crap because she was doing what she thought was right, and this movie shows you how harsh life can be. 

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