Death in the Garden (1956) is one of Luis Buñuel’s (Belle de Jour, The Discreet
Charm of the Bourgeoisie) most underrated films, a delirious descent into the heart of
darkness. A revolt has erupted in a mining town in the Amazon. As a result, a group of
men and women are forced to take refuge in the virgin forest under the supervision of
an adventurer called Chark (Georges Marchal). Djin (Simone Signoret), a prostitute,
Castin (Charles Vanel), a mystic, his deaf and dumb daughter María (Michèle
Girardon), and a missionary called Lizardi (Michel Piccoli) will have to confront thirst,
fear, wild animals and insects in order to survive.