A priest unfrocks himself and takes to the road to live on alms when he is implicated by the law for harboring a prostitute after she had killed another one. However, he is followed in his pilgrimage by the escaped prostitute and a woman who has been left by a lover. Film [from the novel by Benito Perez Galdos] details their wanderings and attempts to help humanity and their constant rebuffs until the priest realizes one must love humanity first before one can be a human being or a priest.
Film abounds in a profound feeling for man. There are grotesque scenes. One involves a dwarf who falls in love with the prostie. There are also scenes of a plague.
This is a difficult but rewarding pic. Acting is excellent, as are technical aspects. Director Luis Bunuel’s mastery of his theme and subject make this an unusual offbeater.