Belle Toujours (2007)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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as Henri Husson
as Séverine Serizy
as Benedito the barman
as orchestra conductor
as hotel manager
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Critic Reviews for Belle Toujours
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.
Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master.
Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank.
Audience Reviews for Belle Toujours
aside from the opening Dvorak performance, this is a beautiful-looking bore. This is as much an homage to Bunuel as Blue Velvet is to Capra.
clocking in at a short 69 minutes the film opens up saying," a homage to luis bunel" but its more of a sequel of sorts to bunel's "belle du juor" even the lead returns to his role in this but alas catherine denueve is replaced by another very interesting.
I may never know why de Oliveira decided to revisit the characters of "Belle de Jour", but even seen at some distance from the original, his film is stately and intriguing. Some may be disappointed to find that the construction is far different than the original, but if this'd been an attempt to simply recreate Bunuel, it would be a failure. Instead, cinema's senior statesman provides two of France's greatest living actors with two excellent late career roles. Some may have missed Deneuve, but I most assuredly didn't. Leave her to Vuitton ads and give me Bulle Ogier any day! She's icier than ever and her work with Rivette deserves to revisited. And, since I'm talking about Bunuel, her "Discreet Charm" character may just be my favorite in his lengthy career. Back to this film . . . de Oliveira's pacing and interplay between silence and dialogue is masterful. It's a formal film, but he knows exactly what is and more importantly, isn't necessary. The DvorÃ¡k is fitting as is the single overt attempt at surrealism.
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