Belle de Jour


Belle de Jour

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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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Critic Reviews for Belle de Jour

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  • "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.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière, Buñuel creates a secret theatre of erotic shame.

    Sep 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.

    Aug 3, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.

    Jul 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

    Apr 19, 2006 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

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

    Apr 11, 2006

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

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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

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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

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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

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