Mexican Bus Ride

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

One of Luis Bunuel's simplest, most straightforward films is this peasant tale of a young newlywed, Oliviero (Esteban Marquez), whose exotic honeymoon evening is interrupted when his greedy, lazy brothers inform him of their mother's impending death. Fearing that his two elder brothers will profit unfairly from the old woman's demise, Oliviero journeys...read more

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One of Luis Bunuel's simplest, most straightforward films is this peasant tale of a young newlywed, Oliviero (Esteban Marquez), whose exotic honeymoon evening is interrupted when his greedy, lazy brothers inform him of their mother's impending death. Fearing that his two elder brothers

will profit unfairly from the old woman's demise, Oliviero journeys via bus to a distant village in order to return with a lawyer. Along the way, the bus gets stuck in a muddy river, a pregnant woman gives birth, the driver makes unscheduled stops to attend his own mother's birthday gala and to

pay respects at a young girl's funeral, and the busty seductress Raquel (Lilia Prado) makes a man out of Oliviero. By the time he returns to his village, Oliviero is an innocent no more. While it initially appears to be little more than a light popular entertainment, MEXICAN BUS RIDE is completely

surreal in tone, Bunuel taking quiet swipes at family, church, and technology. Visually, the film is simply photographed, though it is filled with numerous Bunuelian touches, as in Oliviero's fantasy in the back of a bus (overgrown with vegetation straight out of the Garden of Eden) in which he

succumbs to the temptations of Raquel (dressed in his bride's wedding dress) while eating an umbilically unwinding apple peel. Bunuel's more subtle jokes include the obviously fake boulders and rainstorms that threaten the bus, and a peg-legged character played by a two-legged actor whose

supposedly missing limb is clearly visible behind his wooden leg. The videocassette is in Spanish with barely legible English subtitles.

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