In the 50’s, in a poor community in Mexico, the landlord Andrés Cabrera wants to evict his tenants to demolish the buildings and sell the land by a large amount. However, the leader of the community Carmelo González resists to his attempts. Andrés hires the strong slaughterhouse worker Pedro El Bruto to intimidate the dwellers, and his wife Pamola sexually harasses Pedro. Pedro goes to the community in the night and he hits the weak Carmelo that has a bleed and dies. When Pedro meets Carmelo’s daughter Meche, he falls in love with her and she moves to his house. But the jealous Paloma does not want to give up on Pedro.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: "El Bruto" is one of Luis Bunuel’s least known films. It’s a tawdry little melodrama which he made in Mexico in 1952. In America it would have been a B-Movie rotting away on the bottom half of a double-bill and yet it’s quintessential mid-period Bunuel; dark, blackly funny and superbly played by Pedro Armendariz in the title role of a hired thug and Kathy Jurado as the bored, sexy spouse of his employer and from the moment she sets her eyes on him you can see exactly where this is going. It’s certainly not as black as "Los Olvidados" but it takes a typically Bunuelian view of humanity, (in other words, a dim one), and there are no characters you can empathize with, except perhaps the daughter of the man Armendariz kills, maybe without meaning to, in an overextended show of force. It may not be a masterpiece but it is very powerful and a worthy addition to the Bunuel canon.