Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour

Luis Buñuel (1967)

96min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Luis Buñuel embarked on this picture convinced that it would be his last. However, the receipt of the Golden Lion at Venice and universal critical acclaim persuaded him to undertake five further features, each one being a masterpiece in its own right. Stunningly photographed by Sacha Vierny, this complex parable on social, sexual and emotional repression stars Catherine Deneuve as bored housewife Séverine whose erotic fantasies lead her to seek escape in prostitution. Deneuve is utterly beguiling in a movie shifting between dream and reality with such deft sleights of hand that we are never sure whether we are watching episodes from Séverine's life or sharing her fantasies. Deneuve is a luminous screen presence, but here the director is the film's true star.

Summary

Housewife Severine Serizy's traumatic childhood has left her with a sexual desire to be treated cruelly - which her gentle husband is unable to satisfy. Taking refuge in dark erotic fantasies, she eventually finds an outlet for her sexual needs by working in a brothel. Luis Bunuel's erotic drama, starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Genevieve Page and Michel Piccoli.

Cast & Crew

Séverine Sérizy Catherine Deneuve
Pierre Sérizy Jean Sorel
Mme Anaïs Genevieve Page
Henri Husson Michel Piccoli
Marcel Pierre Clémenti
Renée Févret Macha Méril
Hyppolite Francisco Rabal
Le Duc Georges Marchal
Charlotte Françoise Fabian
Mathilde Maria Latour
M Adolphe Francis Blanche
Director Luis Buñuel
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Sep 2017
Drama