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Belle de Jour Reviews

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April 13, 2018
"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.
January 22, 2018
The beauty of Belle de Jour lies in the fact that Buñuel has made interpretation irrelevant, blending memory, fantasy and reality into an indissoluble whole.
January 3, 2018
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.
October 4, 2017
Belle de Jour is a film that's ambiguous and alluring in equal measure, and while that can be alienating for modern audiences, this is a film that is still radical, thought provoking and enticing after 50 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 8, 2017
he fact Belle de Jour resists such settled interpretation is one reason to see it... Another reason is Deneuve.
September 7, 2017
Deneuve is utterly beguiling in a movie shifting between dream and reality with such deft sleights of hand that we are never sure whether we are watching episodes from Séverine's life or sharing her fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 6, 2017
With co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière, Buñuel creates a secret theatre of erotic shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 27, 2017
...the depiction of sex gone awry is sometimes satirical, but mostly it's closer to tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2016
Belle de Jour has the almost daunting, fragile flawlessness of the perfect crystal -- a staggering, commanding piece of film-making rather than a great film.
September 8, 2014
Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Buñuel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 2, 2014
Few faces in the movies have contemporized storytelling standards as swiftly as Catherine Deneuve's.
March 10, 2012
Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot.
February 11, 2012
Something that keeps us on our toes in Belle de Jour comes from Luis Buñuel's refusal to spell out what is real and what is not. Must this be so clear to us when the fantasy life of Séverine means so much to her?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 19, 2012
A character study with surreal interludes and a rare film in which Buñuel depicts a member of the upper class with some sympathy and depth
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2009 a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve's porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
August 13, 2008
One of the most acclaimed and accessible masterworks of surrealist cinema, an erotic meditaton about reality and fantasy that remains alluring and shocking decades after it was made, at least partly due to Catherine Deneuve's cool, mesmerizing performance
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 3, 2006
A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 1, 2006
It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 19, 2006
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 11, 2006
This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.
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