“Los Olvidados” (English title: “The Young and the Damned”) is a Mexican film directed by Luis Buñuel. It was released in 1950 and is widely regarded as one of Buñuel’s most influential and significant works.
The film follows the lives of a group of marginalized and impoverished children living in the slums of Mexico City. The main protagonist is Pedro, a young boy who is caught up in a world of poverty, violence, and despair. He becomes involved in a series of crimes and delinquent activities, struggling to survive in a harsh and unforgiving environment.
“Los Olvidados” is known for its gritty realism and powerful social commentary. Buñuel portrays the lives of these forgotten children with stark honesty, exposing the harsh realities they face and the systemic failures that contribute to their plight. The film explores themes of poverty, violence, desperation, and the loss of innocence, reflecting on the social problems of the time.