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An unexpectedly moving sequel to Luis Bunuel's Belle du Jour, Belle Toujours is a short and sweet elegy on aging, sexuality, and the power of cinema. Read critic reviews

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In Paris aging rogue Henri Husson (Michel Piccoli) spots Severine (Bulle Ogier), a housewife who began a secret life as a prostitute years earlier to relieve her boredom. Though she does not know if he ever revealed her secret to her paralyzed husband, she is reluctant to meet with him. However, Henri is very persistent and finally persuades her to have dinner with him.

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • Beautifully, economically, directed, acted and photographed (by Sabine Lancelin), 'Belle Toujours' is essentially an affectionate, witty, often farcical jeu d'esprit, sweetly and knowingly bringing together the old-fashioned and the modern.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…
  • As such, you want it to be a timeless triumph, but sadly it's a minor work.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There is something reductive in all these talky explanations, nailing down the mysteries of fantasy and dream life that Buñuel so audaciously left hanging.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is a maddening mix of mild fascination and boredom. Bulle Ogier plays Séverine, as Deneuve opted not to reprise her role. Without her, the film lacks the required frisson.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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