Buñuel guided Catherine Deneuve to one of her greatest performances in this harrowing tale of betrayal and revenge set against the backdrop of ’30 Spain. When her mother dies, a young girl (Deneuve) is taken in by Don Lope (Fernando Rey), a free-thinking aristocrat, who makes the girl his lover; she eventually leaves him for a young painter, but then returns when she falls ill, setting the stage for the now mature woman to confront the man who robbed her of her youth. Based on the novel by Benito Perez-Galdos.

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  • Directed By Luis Buñuel
  • 1970
  • Spain/Italy/France
  • 95 minutes