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½ April 10, 2018
an amazingly-acted sexual noir tale of exploration, sadomascochism, and commentary on social and gender relations
Luis Bunuel explores the life of a woman moonlighting in a brothel to pay off her expenses and discover the underground sex world
Catherine Deneuve perfectly plays Severine having quite the fantasy of being punished and not being fully satisfied by her husband
unfortunately being in the oldest profession in the world has downsides of its own; she's shy, afraid of the new lifestyle, and even has a client that becomes very possessive of her
this is the life she chose for herself but is the real world more exotic for us or the dreams we conjure up?
even after 50 years this blend of erotic cinema still provokes our way of thinking and hitting so many levels of what men and women expect from each other
a foreign film that's worth a second glance
½ March 25, 2018
Buñuel's elegant and perplexing film is one of his finest master-pieces. Exploring the sexual confusion of a young woman, Belle du Jour is certainly erotic, yet it never comes off in bad-taste, even in its extra-kinky fantasy sequences. It's not a stretch to see this as one of the first films to capture S+M on screen, but it's done in a way that's psychological and enticing in only a way Buñuel could capture. Up there with Polanski's Repulsion as one of the signature feminist films, that happened to be directed by a man.
February 11, 2018
I give it four stars just for its unique approach to a French woman's dreams and fantasies. Of course Catherine is beautiful and the content was original. It wasn't too racy. 1001 movies to see before you die.
December 25, 2017


[Luis Buñuel]
October 27, 2017
With its highly intriguing plot on pleasure and satisfaction, and its central character seductively played by Deneuve, Belle de Jour is an unforgettable cinematic experience. Bunuel is definitely at its best in this very sensual and surreal movie.
½ August 16, 2017
Very memorable movie with great pacing. The acting was great and it seemed like it could be a deep character study of Belle De Jour. Very depressing movie as well.
½ August 12, 2017
This is sure not a errotic theme. It's the melancholia of a severe depressed mind and it's self study.
½ August 1, 2017
I only rarely vouch for a classic film to be remade but I would absolutely love to see a modern day take on this delightfully French flick about a woman finding sexual freedom away from her perfect husband and in the arms of shall we say "less-than-perfect" paying customers.

There's a lot to chew on here in terms of content, the film looks gorgeous, and the whole thing breezes by at a perfect pace thanks to astute direction by Bunuel, who easily ranks as one of my favorite French filmmaker.
Super Reviewer
July 31, 2017
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.
July 14, 2017
Belle de Jour is an engrossing personal drama with an innate understanding of human nature, which draws in the audience and makes it hard to turn away from.
June 18, 2017
Ahead of its time and to this day relevant, Belle De Jour is a masterwork from Luis Bunuel featuring an excellent performance from Catherine Deneuve and consistently challenging the audience's perception of sexuality and morality and the crossover relationship between the two.
June 16, 2017
A mischievous exercise in surreal eroticism, Bunuel's Belle De Jour is like sexual desire put under a microscope: with a perverse filter.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
½ May 28, 2017
The premise of a pretty young housewife (Catherine Deneuve) who has dark sexual fantasizes and becomes a prostitute in order to engage in them is interesting, but the execution is lacking, and seems quite dated. To start with, there is no emotional honesty in this film, it's instead antiseptic and superficial. Deneuve's acting is poor, displaying all the range of a mannequin. Director Luis Buñel weaves fantasies directly into the plot, but not in ways that hadn't been done before in 1967, and far from "surreal". There is nothing erotic at all here, and the fantasies seem suspiciously like male fantasies, not female. I did like how Buñel avoided using a soundtrack, and the creepiness of the husband's friend (Michel Piccoli), but that's about it, otherwise it was a snooze. It's a little mystifying to me as to how this film is a masterpiece, but I guess to each his or her own.
May 27, 2017
A bored housewife begins working at a local brothel and soon falls prey to an obsessive client who tries to manipulate her emotionally and reveal everything about her double life to her husband.
½ April 4, 2017
A film about prostitution that makes you believe that women want to be prostitutes, that they are "sexy during the day" that they comes from a bourgeois background and that they are happy to do this. Not a word about the 99.99% of prostitutes for whom life is a living hell, not a word about these immigrants who come from the "third" world to be sold, against their will to rich Americans. They want to make western men believe that all prostitutes are white and look like Catherine Deneuve ! After "Paris at all prices" that made you believe that illegal immigrants live in luxury, this french film gives men a good conscience to go see whores. This is sick.
½ February 4, 2017
A bored housewife begins working at a local brothel and soon falls prey to an obsessive client who tries to manipulate her emotionally and reveal everything about her double life to her husband.
October 5, 2016
A simple premise that has lots of insight by Bunuel. It's mainly an interesting dissection on gender. Bunuel also keeps his dreamlike imagery throughout here to really put you in the daze of the protagonist's psyche. Catherine Deneuve is fantastic.
½ October 2, 2016
Ugh, I don't know. A bland morality play with a beautiful woman. I love Catherine Deneuve but found this to be mostly a snoozefest, perhaps, I'm very willing to admit, because this sort of thing has been done so many times since. I was actually sort of enjoying the beginning of this, a woman exploring her sexuality and trying to become more comfortable with her past and herself. But unfortunately Bunuel had to ruin it by punishing his lead in several ways and leaving her with a 'curse' by the end. Maybe you had to have been there at the time. Or maybe you just need to be male.
½ June 29, 2016
Luis Buñuel, the greatest voice in surrealist cinema, has a unique style and technique as a filmmaker: the always-revelatory interrogation of dreams, the magisterial triumph of mad love, and as in all of his films, the 'systematic derangement of the senses' professed by Rimbaud. In the world of Buñuel, dreams rule one's thoughts; they send one plumbing the depths of consciousness, in pursuit of the unknown. In Belle de Jour, Séverine lives in an almost fictional reality, attending the brothel as work during the afternoons, and living a bourgeois conventional life at night. She is soon torn between both realities, as waking life and dreamless sleep begin to merge and confuse one another, to the point of madness. Marcel is one of Buñuel's most unforgettable characters, colorful and poetic in appearance. His gangster suave, flamboyant dress, and ruthless personality are packaged so perfectly well by actor Pierre Clémenti, that it truly makes him one of the most interesting characters in cinematic history. Before there were gold grillz and rappers with platinum caps, there was Marcel. My golden cap is proudly inspired by this film and the character of Marcel as well. 'Belle de Jour' is one of Buñuel's greatest and most accomplished works: true Art in the highest sense of imagination. Ranked within at least my top ten favorite films of all-time.
May 19, 2016
Belle de Jour is an intelligent, hugely entertaining picture not about sex, but about fantasies - and how deep they can go, and how far they can take us.
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