An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly decent family. Little by little, she causes unrest and discord among the members of the household…
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DCP, rewatched. In another way - dry, unmoral - and with another character composition and an infinitely better actress, Susana would be the unforgettable Tristana. In this film, above all, there is the curse of the holy family, the miraculous escape from prison in the beginning and the punishment of the sinner by the mater familia - "Desire as a sylph figured creature who changes her mind" (Paddy Mcaloon).
Another amazing work from Buñuel, which ingeniously uses the voluptuous Susana to secrete evil into the bourgeois Mexican family. Brilliantly conveying without qualms the theological paradox of Evil unleashed by God, the blasphemous Spaniard pays due respect to theological iconography. The latter is trasnposed into characters' vices and the dualism 'devil/guardian angel' places De Sade at the heart of Christianity.
Not the Buñuel I'm used to, but certainly not bad by any means! As a melodrama, it works beautifully with great actors and visuals. The whipping scene was fantastic and made me giggle. Also I loved the end. Reminded me of the end to The Last Laugh, completely mocking the audience. Good stuff!
A good melodrama. The performances are very good, especially from the women. Buñuel and the other crew's technical mastery is the standout. The cinematography is interesting, and has moments of near perfection, like when three men are standing outside Susana's room looking at her shadow in the window during a storm. There is obvious studio interference in regards to themes, but overall it's a good melodrama.
A spy enters the house of love and removes the masks of many men with unsavoury agendas. But at the end of the day they all revert to their platonic ideals, turning their eyes from the baseness that revealed itself. Such is the life of the elite. This satire lacks the incisiveness of Bunuel's best works and has some slightly dubious character motives.