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That Obscure Object of Desire
That Obscure Object of Desire
4,483 Ratings


Mathieu, a wealthy middle-aged French sophisticate falls desperately in love with his 19-year old chambermaid Conchita. Thus begins a game of cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu attempting to win the girl’s affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other.

Our take

Luis Buñuel’s final film and thus his last collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrière wryly belongs in the canon of “male humiliation” cinema. Uniquely featuring two different actresses in the same role, this impiously perverse swan song provocatively satirizes human desire and patriarchal hypocrisy.