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Belle Toujours Reviews

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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/6
Tom Dawson
November 21, 2008
Oliveira's slender Belle Toujours has a certain curiosity value for fans of Belle De Jour, even if it never matches the surreal brilliance of the earlier film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
November 21, 2008
As such, you want it to be a timeless triumph, but sadly it's a minor work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
November 21, 2008
There is something reductive in all these talky explanations, nailing down the mysteries of fantasy and dream life that Buñuel so audaciously left hanging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 21, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 21, 2008
Pointless and just a little bit silly, it lumbers from one unlikely scenario to another while also managing to shoehorn in a couple of blousy strumpets who look like they've wandered in from an adult panto.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 21, 2008
Belle Toujours is a teasing charmer from a Portuguese centenarian.

London Evening Standard
November 21, 2008
As an echo of the Buñuel masterwork, it could hardly be better in teasing out and expanding on its themes. Effortless artistry, in fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
November 20, 2008
A watchable and intriguing drama, with subtle moments of humour, although it's essentially a companion piece to Belle de Jour and doesn't quite stand up on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
June 26, 2008
Belle Toujours allows Oliveira to reminisce, to be slightly playful and naughty, but still thoughtful.
Prairie Miller
June 2, 2008
Toujours suggests either creative immortality of a work of cinema as it flows through the imaginative process from one director to another, or simply sexual obsession perpetually unresolved. Or perhaps even a little of both.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 24, 2007
It's also more about class and less about sexual desire.
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 23, 2007
Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 17, 2007
The pace is leisurely and patient but there is a spry wit and sly sensibility behind the quietly elegant direction...
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 9, 2007
An often delicious but sometimes baffling experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
BELLE TOUJOURS is a minor key companion piece to the original film and would make a great double feature evening either in theaters or at home on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 12, 2007
Grabs the psyche like a haunting poem or strange vision.
June 8, 2007
Strikes a bittersweet note of loss and persistence that it sustains for its brief but potent running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 8, 2007
The question lingers: Do we really need a sequel to Belle de Jour?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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