Belle de Jour (1968)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Belle de Jour Videos

Belle de Jour Photos

Movie Info

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.
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:

Watch it now


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
Francoise Fabian
as Charlotte
Maria Latour
as Mathilde
Georges Marchal
as The Duke
as Pallas
Iska Khan
as Asian client
Marcel Charvey
as Prof. Henri
D. de Roseville
as Coachman
Michel Charrel
as Footman
Brigitte Parmentier
as Severine as Child
Francois Maistre
as The Teacher
Bernard Fresson
as Pockmarked Man
Pierre Marcay
as Intern
Marc Eyraud
as Bartender
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Belle de Jour

Critic Reviews for Belle de Jour

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (10)

A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.

Full Review… | August 3, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 30, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 19, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.

April 11, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Every detail has been so carefully thought out that seeing it again is like seeing it in another key.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A wise, enormously enjoyable film about the power of fantasy -- a toast to the importance of dreams.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Belle de Jour

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


Her name is "Belle De Jour," a "daylight beauty." An exploratory on fantasies and on the bourgeoisie, Belle De Jour is a surreal, artful erotica from Luis Buñuel affirmed by a mesmerizing performance from Catherine Deneuve, garbed in Yves Saint Laurent. Bizarre.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

Belle de Jour Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Belle de Jour on our Movie forum!

News & Features