In 1929, after the death of her mother, Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) goes to Toledo to live with her guardian, Don Lope (Fernando Rey). Don Lope claims to be a free-thinker who despises the Catholic Church and most social conventions, but in practice he will do nothing to upset his own peace of mind. His affection for Tristana soon turns to desire, and when he attempts to seduce her, she complies without protest. Although Don Lope insists that she is entirely free, Tristana feels trapped by his increasing possessiveness. She falls in love with Horacio (Franco Nero), a young artist, and runs away with him to Madrid, mainly to escape from Don Lope. Within two years, however, she develops a tumor in her leg and begs Horacio to return her to Don Lope, who has inherited a large sum of money. Her leg is amputated, and with Don Lope's care, she slowly recovers from the surgery. Don Lope, who has aged considerably, assumes the role of Tristana's father and encourages Horacio to court her, but she rejects his marriage proposal. Don Lope eventually marries her, at the insistence of a local priest. Tristana takes care of the now-senile Don Lope, who has turned to religion for consolation, but the memories of mistreatment still linger. From the Cohen Film Collection.
Starring Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero
Director Luis Buñuel