In Berlanga’s fascinatingly twisted take on love, Michel Piccoli stars as a mild-mannered dentist who acquires a Japanese blow-up doll out of frustration with his marriage. The doll soon proves to be a source of fetishistic rapture, and before long the now-obsessed dentist is falling in love. Exquisitely shot and touched with the surreal, Berlanga’s meditation on modern isolation reminds us why grown-ups shouldn’t play with dolls.

  • Directed By Luis García Berlanga
  • 1976
  • France/Italy/Spain
  • 101 minutes