• Unrated, 1 hr. 10 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Manoel de Oliveira
    In Theaters:
    Jun 8, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 24, 2008
  • New Yorker Films

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Belle Toujours Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Beautifully, economically, directed, acted and photographed (by Sabine Lancelin), 'Belle Toujours' is essentially an affectionate, witty, often farcical jeu d'esprit, sweetly and knowingly bringing together the old-fashioned and the modern.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/6

November 21, 2008
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It's also more about class and less about sexual desire.

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August 24, 2007
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Both performers make the most of skimpy roles, raising an eyebrow or focusing a gaze. But only those who've forgotten Bu˝uel's psychosexual daring will find such modest achievements nourishing.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

June 9, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The question lingers: Do we really need a sequel to Belle de Jour?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The 98-year-old [director] Oliveira addresses the beauty and cruelty of aging with such subtlety that the movie is worth taking on its own terms, as the hard-earned musings of its creator.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 8, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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This 70-minute exercise ends before it begins.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

June 8, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Bu˝uel watchers will cluck with pleasure at that one; neophytes can revel in the steely elegance of [actor] Piccoli, who at 80 (when this film was made) effervesces with the joy of his craft. Belle Toujours glistens with discreet charms.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 7, 2007
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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Falls too often into didactic post-game analysis for its delicate mysteries to retain their luster.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 6, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Oliveira is a man of astounding finesse. The movie accumulates the sort of meaning that lifts it far beyond the realm of a director's conceit.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It's a tremendously economical film, with not a shot or a second wasted, yet rich with ambiguity, comedy, longing and sadness.

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October 6, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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[This] sequel to the classic Belle de Jour well demonstrates de Oliveira's undiminished cinematic style and humor, including several surrealistic touches and nods to various elements of Bunuel's classic.

October 4, 2006

Globe and Mail
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Another sublimely weird one from unstoppable Portuguese nonagenarian Manoel de Oliveira, a man who will outlive us all.

| Original Score: 4/4

September 23, 2006
Deborah Young
Variety
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Oliveira's short but sweet rumination on growing old and the fading of sexual desire is not only high-concept, but one of his most watchable.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 19, 2006
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