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[Saturna and Don Lope are downstairs, awaiting word from the doctor]
She's in a very bad way.
If you'd let me put on a poultice, she'd be feeling better.
Don't talk rubbish!
[the doctor comes down from Tristana's room]
My dear Don Lope, we are faced with what I feared. Tristana is very ill. We have to speak clearly.
Go ahead and tell me.
She is suffering from blood poisoning. We have to operate... to amputate her leg.
The poor girl... She'll be horribly mutilated... When?
We can't wait another ...
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One of the better melodramas by Bunuel that stars Catherine Deneuve --Belle De Jour was the most successful. Tristana is the third installment to Bunuel's ill-fated heroine yarn: as we know, Viridiana and Belle De Jour were the first 2. Nevertheless, the film's not as surreal as these previous two films; however, Bunuel still maintains his use of dream sequences and familiar motifs. Rey is excellent as the lecherous uncle, and Deneuve is also good as the title character. Bunuel has definitely excelled in focusing on the aesthetic approach to a story-line; however, this respect can be overwhelming for some viewers, especially those who are more comfortable with the fast-paced American movies. In short, Tristana is still an excellent movie regardless of these unusual aspects.
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