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* AnswerCut: The manager and staff at a fancy restaurant are debating the nature of Jesus's divinity. A waiter suggests that Jesus must have been like a mortal man, saying "He must walk like the rest of us." Cut to Jesus running up to his disciples, telling them that they're late for the wedding at Cana.
* BookEnds: At the start of their trip Jean and Pierre are met a man who urges them to find a prostitute and have children named "Ye Are My People" and "No More Mercy". At the end, outside Santiago de Castela, they meet a prostitute who says she wants them to impregnate her and she will give her children those names.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: When a priest tells a story about a miracle performed by the Virgin Mary, he looks straight at the camera repeatedly.


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* ForDoomTheBellTolls: In one scene some Catholic priests dig up the corpse of a dead priest and burn it, along with the heretical writings they discovered after the priest's death. The moon is set by a very ominous bell that tolls throughout the scene.
* {{Flynning}}: The scene where a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jansenism Jansenist]] and a Jesuit debate points of religious theory--while having a swordfight. They bleat bits of doctrine at each other while swords clash.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: The two guys that crash the ritual burning of the dead priest make their escape by stealing the clothes and gear of two hunters that went off swimming.


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* ShotAtDawn: Jean imagines ''the Pope'' being shot at dawn.


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* {{Surrealism}}: It's a Bunuel film, so it couldn't ''not'' have this.
** Why is a nun being crucified? Why is Jesus wandering around 20th century Spain?
** The two other men that the pilgrims meet take rooms at an inn. One has a woman appear in his room out of nowhere. The other has a man appear in his room out of nowhere. Nothing naughty happens in either instance.
** Jean has an ImagineSpot daydream in which he imagines the Pope being executed by firing squad. This is followed by the man next to him hearing the sound of the rifles. The ones from Jean's daydream.
* TemptingFate: Our pilgrims are hitchhiking but a car zooms past them. Jean says "I hope you crash! The car promptly crashes.

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* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: The younger pilgrim calls for God to smite him, and a thunderbolt hits...the hut behind him.

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* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: The younger pilgrim Jean calls for God to smite him, and a thunderbolt hits...the hut behind him.

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* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priscillianism Priscillian]] religious ceremony descends into an orgy.


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* SmiteMeOMightySmiter: The younger pilgrim calls for God to smite him, and a thunderbolt hits...the hut behind him.

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* RandomEventsPlot: A series of random, bizarre sights as two tramps walk across France and Spain. They're all Bible- or Catholicism-themed, but they aren't linked.

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''The Milky Way'' is a 1969 film directed by Creator/LuisBunuel.

Two tramps, Pierre and Jean, are going on a pilgrimage. They are traveling along the traditional pilgrimage known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camino_de_Santiago Camino de Santiago]], from France to the town of Santiago de Castela in Spain, where the bones of St. James are said to lie in a cathedral. Along the way they see a series of strange events based on the Bible and Catholic history and theology. A strange man appears and tells them to father children named "Ye Are My People" and "No More Mercy". A boy with stigmata appears by the roadside, and hails them a ride. Nuns are crucified. The Angel of Death appears. And other weird stuff happens.

The AllStarCast of French cinema includes Creator/MichelPiccoli as the Marquis de Sade and Creator/DelphineSeyrig as a prostitute.

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* CreatorCameo: Bunuel is the pope getting executed by revolutionaries.
* TheGrimReaper: Pierre and Jean encounter the Angel of Death at the site of a car wreck.
* TheKenBurnsEffect: The camera pans over an old-timey map as a narrator explains the medieval tradition of making pigrimages to Santiago de Castela.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: A man walks up to the two pilgrims, tells them to father two children by a prostitute, and give the children weird names. How to make this even weirder? Have a little person show up out of thin air and materialize next to the man.
* RoadTripPlot: Two tramps go on pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Castela on the Atlantic coast of Spain, and see a lot of weird stuff on the way.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: The film was meticulously researched and contains many accurate references to the Bible, theology, and ecclesiastical history--most of which aren't explained. In the early going, the two tramps encounter a man who urges them to find a prostitute and have children named "Ye Are My People" and "No More Mercy". This seemingly random bit of nonsense is actually a direct lift from the first chapter of the Old Testament book of Hosea.

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