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Quick-Thoughts: Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

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In every ensuing scene, the actress who plays the supporting character, Conchita, alternates between Carole Bouquet and Ángela Molina. Buñuel purposely does this to disclose Conchita’s dual personality. Whether she’s maneuvering as the literal spawn of Satan or a woman genuinely entitled to torturing her horny-ass, misogynistic lover, she is the ever-glowing exemplar of an obscure object of desire. 

In truth, Conchita is right, though. Abstinence is the cruelest but one of the most accurate methods of proving your man’s loyalty. Concupiscence is a human weakness, and That Obscure Object of Desire takes no breaks to make this clear. In fact, it even reenacts fictional terrorism to enhance the accuracy of just how hypnotic sexual desire can be! Luis Buñuel really ended his career on the most maddening note! 

Simp? Cuck? Jerk? Ever felt like you’ve fit shamelessly under one of the following before? That Obscure Object of Desire will take you right back into those moments of lustful submission. Both the movie and its literal meaning, of course.

Verdict: B+

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“That Obscure Object of Desire” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube, Vudu, and The Criterion Channel.

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