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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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In an homage to auteur Luis Bunuel, "Belle Toujours" centers on two of the strange characters from Bunuel's erotic masterpiece, "Belle de Jour," that are reunited 38 years later.


Michel Piccoli
as Henri Husson
Bulle Ogier
as Séverine Serizy
Ricardo Trepa
as Benedito the barman
Leonor Baldaque
as prostitute
Júlia Buisel
as prostitute
Lawrence Foster
as orchestra conductor
Benoît Gourley
as concierge
Yves Breton
as hotel manager
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Critic Reviews for Belle Toujours

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's also more about class and less about sexual desire.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank.

Full Review… | August 23, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The question lingers: Do we really need a sequel to Belle de Jour?

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
New York Post
Top Critic

The 98-year-old [director] Oliveira addresses the beauty and cruelty of aging with such subtlety that the movie is worth taking on its own terms, as the hard-earned musings of its creator.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

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.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

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 Dvorák is fitting as is the single overt attempt at surrealism.

Richard Stracke
Richard Stracke

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