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Belle de Jour (1968)

Drama 1h 41m

Luis Buñuel’s iconic film tells the story of Séverine (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful, bored upper middle-class housewife in a loving but sexually frigid marriage, who acts out her fantasies by becoming a prostitute in a brothel.

The film moves back and forth between current reality, flashback, and our heroine’s fantasies, often leaving it to the viewer to determine which is which. Buñuel stays detached from the proceedings, non-judgmental, coolly unemotional, contrasting lush interiors and chic costuming by Yves Saint-Laurent with dark sexual fantasies and the edgy threat of violence…

Please note: Subtitles for this film need to be manually switched on once the film starts.

Director

Luis Bunuel

Languages

Spanish, French

Subtitles

English

Countries

France, Italy