Translated by Jesús Ronquillo / Circuito Frontera
With a subversive language, in this film, the show begins when nothing happens. A scathing critique of the aristocracy of the time.
This is how Luis Buñuel portrays for us the “charm of the bourgeoisie” in Mexican society in the 1960s, where through images and silences, he shows us his vision of confinement, depravity, hysteria, and despair.
The story seems to be about a gathering of aristocrats at a luxurious party, with wine and expensive food; guests dressed in long gowns and fine suits. Suddenly, the household staff begins to leave until only the butler remains. Then, none of those inside the house can leave it, as if they were being prevented by a strange force.
This situation, at first, becomes an opportunity to continue with the feast, however, it turns into a collective hysteria from which it will be difficult for the guests in the mansion, including the hosts, to get out of it.
With surrealistic traces of the period, imported from Europe by the director, but without falling into absurdity.
All trapped, we see Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, José Baviera, Augusto Benedico, Luis Beristáin, Antonio Bravo, Claudio Brook, César del Campo, Rosa Elena Durgel, Lucy Gallardo, Enrique García Álvarez, Ofelia Guilmáin, Nadia Haro Oliva, Tito Junco, Xavier Loyá, Xavier Massé, Ofelia Montesco, Patricia Moran, Bertha Moss, Enrique Rambal, among others.
If you haven’t seen it, this is our recommendation of the week for Circuito Cinema. Here we share with you the trailer.