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This Strange Passion

Luis Buñuel Mexico, 1953

Otavio Magnani's rating of the film Él

As usual, Bunuel explores the most irrational side of human nature. The protagonist, Francisco, is a respected man who marries a beautiful young woman but is dominated by the idea that she might be cheating on him. His gentle manners hide the fact that he's a selfish, self-centered man who's capable of the most atrocious actions. It's a very powerful drama, although the ending isn't particulary satisfying.