Simon of the desert
Comedy, by Luis Bunuel, Mexico, 1963
Simón, a long-bearded holy man, lives on a column in the middle of the desert, almost in total fasting. People worship him as a Messiah. He performs miracles, undergoes temptations from Satan, who torments him under the guise of a handsome woman. A series of grotesque, surreal, magical and picaresque scenes. The best Bunuel in just 45 minutes.
Food for thought
Those who withdraw from the world to find a spiritual life are doomed to failure. Temptations will follow him, the need to relate to others will not abandon him. Only his ego will be satisfied by a false spirituality. True spirituality is found in everyday life, in the society in which we live, in everyday life, among the people we meet every day.
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