Starring Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal, Margarita Lozano, Lola Gaos
Subversive drama about an aspiring nun, Viridiana, on a final familial visit before she takes her vows. A tragedy follows, and Viridiana responds by becoming nearly a saint figure. She takes in a group of vagrants, as her proud and handsome cousin moves in. Subtly transgressive, striking in its imagery (the beautiful Pinal, the repulsive vagrants), provocative, funny, bleak. There’s much left to interpretation, but this was the first Buñuel film that’s iconoclastic imagery mixed with what I found to be a compelling narrative.