Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour (1968)

When a sexually-repressed homemaker becomes an afternoon prostitute to help loosen her libido, she opens a can of worms she can never quite close again -- with tragic consequences. Blackmail, involvement with the police, the paralysis of a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was -- a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Deneuve is radiant in the lead role ... packed with Buñuel's trademark surrealistic imagery and a few really memorable fantasy sequences.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Every detail has been so carefully thought out that seeing it again is like seeing it in another key.

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David Keyes

Few faces in the movies have contemporized storytelling standards as swiftly as Catherine Deneuve's.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A wise, enormously enjoyable film about the power of fantasy -- a toast to the importance of dreams.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Luis Bunuel's cheerfully brazen satire of sexual repression, social decorum, and erotic fantasies is in the running for Bunuel's kinkiest film, and that's saying a lot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
danny d
there is a point at which the film stands still a bit too long, but taken as a whole its commentary on the human psyche is very interesting and effective. of… More
Elvira B
<p>Séverine and Pierre have just been married. He works most of the day at a hospital, and she stays home. She doesn't do the household chores;… More
Greg S
Catherine Deneuve stars as a young housewife with masochistic fantasies who feels compelled to work as a prostitute during days while her husband is at work.… More
Ken Stachnik
hypnotic and sexy
Jan Marc Macababayao
Her name is "Belle De Jour," a "daylight beauty." An exploratory on fantasies and on the bourgeoisie, Belle De Jour is a surreal, artful… More
Michael S
Luis Bunuel's best film.

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