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El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)1953

El (This Strange Passion) (Torments) (1953)




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One of Luis Bunuel's best films, this is a strong indictment of religious repression. When a man who has remained chaste through his entire life becomes hopelessly enamored of a woman he sees in church, he woes her away from her current lover and marries her. Torn between an obsessive passion for her and a logic-obliterating jealousy of everyone he sees, he destroys the relationship he so desperately wants to cement. He retreats to a monastery, where he is visited years later by his ex-wife and her child. What she discovers about this man's obsessiveness is a frightening look at the anatomy of sexual repression.


Arturo de Córdova
as Francisco Galvan de Montemayor
Delia Garcés
as Gloria Milalta
Carlos Martinez Baena
as Padre Velasco
Luis Beristáin
as Raul Conde
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Critic Reviews for El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

Released at the pinnacle of his prolific Mexican period, Él (This Strange Passion) remains one of Buñuel's crowning achievements.

May 2, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The hero's wonderful crooked walk in the final shot seems the perfect emblem of Bunuel's own sly subversion in adverse circumstances.

January 1, 2000

[El] boasts an exceptionally fine cast, excellent direction and all-around good production values. But, more important, it has a sound story line.

June 10, 2021 | Full Review…

El (This Strange Passion) seems to me is a prodigious movie because all of its parts form a perfect mechanism. [Full Review in Spanish]

June 26, 2020 | Full Review…

A melodrama of derangement and a derangement of melodrama, Buñuel's study of churning jealousy lays bare the torment behind aristocratic chauvinism

July 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Abraçando o expressionismo como instrumento fundamental para representar o protagonista, Buñuel fascina com suas rimas visuais e temáticas.

May 29, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)


Gloria's passivity and determination to believe a man she barely knows becomes all the more exasperating as the narrative unfolds, but Buñuel creates a gripping portrait of male dominance, abuse and paranoia with a cynical last scene that couldn't be more meaningful.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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one of the best bunuels i have seen. what a shame these mexican films are so overlooked in favor of his later french period. this one would do hitchcock proud and indeed he seems to have 'borrowed' a certain scene for the famous vertigo finale. much of the film would be funny if it wasn't so damn true to life

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

The usual Buñuel flick, enough feet fap material for a full fetish party, his usual attacks to the high class and the catholic church. Arturo de Cordova in extra ham mode, with the crazy eyes and everything going on. I felt the ending was not as strong as the rest of the movie, thus why i don't rate this higher.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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