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276 Ratings

Castle of Purity

El castillo de la pureza

Directed by Arturo Ripstein
Mexico, 1973
Drama, Avant-Garde


In this disturbing drama, a father, seeking to protect his family from the evils of the outside world, locks them away in his ancestral home for eighteen years.

Our take

Ripstein’s claustrophobic family drama about a controlling father—played by regular Buñuel star Claudio Brook—powerfully dismantles the nuclear family. Redolent of Dogtooth and based on an extraordinary real-life story in 1950s Mexico, this is a sordid tale of control, isolation, and rat poison!

Castle of Purity Directed by Arturo Ripstein

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