That Obscure Object of Desire

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Nov 16, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers. The "symbolic" bloody sheet scene at the end, simply represents the sheet on which Conchita loses her virginity to Mateo... His ultimate conquest! He is hypnotized seeing a woman in a window trying to sew it back together signifying sewing Conchita's hymen back together. Conchita becomes irate realizing this "war" between them will start all over again. Bomb: end of a relationship. Collapse
  2. YoonC.
    Sep 21, 2003
    8
    In Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, a bunch of upperclass people could never sit down to a quiet dinner. In That Obscure Object, a bourgeois gentleman just can't seem to get it on with a woman who oddly appears in two guises. Baffling and frustrating but then so is lust and love, I guess. The key word is not so much 'woman' or 'love' but 'object' and In Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, a bunch of upperclass people could never sit down to a quiet dinner. In That Obscure Object, a bourgeois gentleman just can't seem to get it on with a woman who oddly appears in two guises. Baffling and frustrating but then so is lust and love, I guess. The key word is not so much 'woman' or 'love' but 'object' and 'desire' which can take on endless manifestations in the fertile mind of male sexual psyche. Expand
  3. MichaelF.
    Jul 28, 2002
    9
    It's a very very good movie. It makes you very tense at times. Fernando Rey is amazing and so are the two actresses who play CONCHITA. An interesting twist on the novel. Criterion has almost (if not, ever) let me down.
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Cinema's greatest surrealist is at the peak of his powers in the last movie of his unparalleled career.
  2. The lightness with which Buñuel was able to insert the little jokes and knife stabs of surrealism he loved so much is, in fact, divine.
  3. 60
    Elaborate exercise in frustration.