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Belle de Jour (1968)



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Belle de Jour dramatizes the collision between depravity and elegance, one of the favorite themes of director Luis Buñuel. Catherine Deneuve stars as a wealthy but bored newlywed, eager to taste life to the fullest. She seemingly gets her wish early in the film when she is kidnapped, tied to a tree, and whipped. It turns out that this is only a daydream, but her subsequent visits to a neighboring brothel, where she offers her services, certainly seem to be real. This illusion/reality dichotomy extends to the final scenes, in which we are offered two possible endings. Thanks to a question of copyright and ownership, Belle de Jour disappeared from view shortly after its 1967 release, not even resurfacing on videotape. When it was reissued theatrically in 1994, many critics placed the perplexing but mesmerizing film on their lists of that year's best films.

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Catherine Deneuve
as Séverine Serizy
Jean Sorel
as Pierre Serizy
Michel Piccoli
as Henri Husson
Geneviève Page
as Mme. Anais
Francisco Rabal
as Hippolyte
Francois Fabian
as Charlotte
Macha Méril
as Renee Fevret
Francis Blanche
as Monsieur Adolphe
Maria Latour
as Mathilde
as Pallas
Iska Khan
as Asian client
Marcel Charvey
as Prof. Henri
Brigitte Parmentier
as Severine as Child
Francois Maistre
as The Teacher
Bernard Fresson
as Pockmarked Man
Marc Eyraud
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Belle de Jour

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (14)

"Belle de Jour" is more interesting and provocative than the great run of pictures one ever sees. Buñuel's handling of color is gorgeous. And the acting is impeccable.

April 13, 2018 | Full Review…

People think of Deneuve as cinema's answer to bone china, and indeed the romantic efforts of Truffaut, say, left her looking stiff and staid. But she made the brilliant Bunuel think again, and gave his heart a jump.

January 3, 2018

With co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière, Buñuel creates a secret theatre of erotic shame.

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.

August 3, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.

July 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour

April 19, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Belle de Jour

Audacious for the time it was made and still provocative and enticing today, this film in an intelligent and psychologically nuanced exploration of sexuality and desire as experienced by a repressed bourgeois woman who feels strongly compelled to act upon her fantasies.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

there is a point at which the film stands still a bit too long, but taken as a whole its commentary on the human psyche is very interesting and effective. of course, deneuve is very good, as are each of the supporters, and the mapping of the film was well done. a very good film.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer


Catherine Deneuve stars as a young housewife with masochistic fantasies who feels compelled to work as a prostitute during days while her husband is at work. An ambiguous, dreamlike ending caps this subtle, psychologically complex drama.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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