Director: Luis Buñuel

Country: Mexico

Year: 1965

If you’re a fan of Bunuel or seen some of his films then you might already know about his religion references and his criticism of religion in many of his films. Well, Simon of the Desert might be on the top of the category. Not necessarily an attack at religion in general but it tackles many issues that might still be valid at this day of age.

The story is simple; Simon is a religious man who stays at a top of a column all the time worshiping praying to God. Many followers come to visit Simon at his column asking him for miracles and blessings all the time. The main part of the film is about Simon fighting the temptation of Satan who visits Simon in the shape of a woman (most of the time).

The film is filled with messages that could be read differently by people, each with their own point of view, but the last act of the film (which I won’t spoil here) is where everyone agrees on and that’s where Bunuel sends his big message of the film.

The film is 45 minutes long as it was intended to be one part of the 3-part movie, but the idea never saw the light due to some disagreements between Silvia Pinal (Satan) and Bunuel on who should direct the other two films. AT the end the film is worth watching even if you didn’t like the message of the film as it offers a different take on religion that many people share.