La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) (1969)




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Religious pilgrims Pierre (Paul Frankeur) and Jean (Laurent Terzieff) journey to a shrine in the north of Spain. Their faith is severely tested by some of the irreverent characters they confront in the course of their pilgrimage. Even chance meetings with Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and the Devil are not quite what Pierre and Jean have been prepared for in their religious training. Filmmaker Luis Buñuel's ongoing disdain of Roman Catholicism reaches a satiric pinnacle in The Milky Way, which contains all the logic of a daydream and all the reverence of breaking wind at the Confessional. Need we add: this is not a remake of the 1936 Harold Lloyd comedy The Milky Way.


Delphine Seyrig
as The Prostitute
Edith Scob
as Virgin Mary
Alain Cuny
as Man with Cape
Francois Maistre
as French Priest
Claude Cerval
as Brigadier
as Mother Superior
Julien Bertheau
as Maitre d'Hotel
Ellen Bahl
as Mme. Garnier
Michel Piccoli
as The Marquis
Agnes Capri
as Lamartine Institution Directress
Michel Etcheverry
as The Inquisitor
Pierre Clémenti
as The Devil/Angel of Death
Georges Marchal
as The Jesuit
Jean Piat
as The Jansenist
Denis Manuel
as Rodolphe
Daniel Pilon
as Francois
Julien Guiomar
as Spanish priest
Marcel Peres
as Spanish Innkeeper
Augusta Carriere
as Sister Francoise
Jean-Daniel Ehrmann
as Condemned Man
Pierre Lary
as Young monk
Bernard Musson
as French Innkeeper
Michel Dacquin
as M. Garnier
Pierre Maguelon
as Civil Guard Corporal
Marius Laurey
as Blind Man
Jean Clarieux
as Apostle Peter
Christian Van Cau
as Apostle Andrew
Rita Maiden
as Priscillian's Daughter
Beatrice Constantini
as Priscillian's Daughter
Claude Jetter
as Virgin in Spanish Inn
Jacqueline Rouillard
as Restaurant Maid
Jose Bergosa
as Priscillian's First Deacon
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Critic Reviews for La Voie lactée (The Milky Way)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Everything is photographed straightforwardly, in cheerful but not bilious color, and seen with documentary-like clarity.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Though highly regarded in some circles, The Milky Way may be the worst film Buñuel ever made; at the very least, it may be his most jaded and inhuman.

September 6, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A bit of a poor relation among the magnificent films of Buñuel's late period, but rarely shown and well worth seeing.

January 1, 2000

Hail to thee, Luis Bunuel, you crusty old heretic. You can be my fellow pilgrim any day.

January 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The Milky Way.... is, to my mind, not only [Luis Buñuel's] finest, most audacious film but one of the small handful of films I consider to be truly brilliant.

January 14, 2020 | Full Review…

A mocking and miraculous tale where doctrine tires itself, but does not transcend -- voluntarily at least -- the social, political, or artistic. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for La Voie lactée (The Milky Way)


Two down and out men travel from France to Spain for a pilgrimage, along the way meeting various absurd characters who illustrate historical Christian heresies. A remarkable Surrealist assault on religious dogmatism and hypocrisy, often using the Church's own texts against them, but it's so academic that it sometimes feels like it's all from the head, with no heart involved at all.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


This one made little sense to me, Had hard time telling where I was in the film or if I was even watching the same movie at times.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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