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Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Animated biopic of surrealist director has edgy content.

Movie NR 2019 80 minutes
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The behind-the-scenes story of a controversial documentary made by a legendary filmmaker known for his shocking imagery could be a great pick for film and art students, but it's not meant for kids. That said, Buñuel intentionally made provocative films to spur debate, and -- for parents who choose to share this film with their children -- that's precisely how Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles should be used, too. Like the filmmaker, teens have a reputation for provoking authority as a form of communication, and this film can serve as an excellent springboard into the purpose of art, success, friendship, and personal responsibility.

Buñuel's controversial methodologies don't hold up today. Although the film's animation serves to soften the horrific blow of how he cruelly obtained some of his shots, cutting to the actual Las Habres footage hammers home that it's all true -- and truly revolting. The other filmmakers on the shoot serve as stand-ins for a contemporary perspective on his choices, saying that what he's doing isn't humane or right. This movie doesn't fully do justice to a snippet in the life of one of the most original directors of all time, but as it suggests that the making of Las Habres was a metamorphosis for him, seeing his story might just transform you, too.

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