Belle de Jour (1968)



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When a sexually-repressed homemaker becomes an afternoon prostitute to help loosen her libido, she opens a can of worms she can never quite close again -- with tragic consequences. Blackmail, involvement with the police, the paralysis of a friend all result from this her unthinking act of desperation.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 22, 2002
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as Séverine Serizy

as Pierre Serizy

as Henri Husson

as Mme. Anais

as Hippolyte

as Charlotte

as Renee Fevret

as Monsieur Adolphe

as Charlotte

as Mathilde

as The Duke

as Pallas

as Asian client

as Prof. Henri

as Severine as Child

as The Teacher

as Pockmarked Man

as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Belle de Jour

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (12)

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… | July 1, 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.

Full Review… | April 11, 2006
Village Voice
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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
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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
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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

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

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

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