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Belle Toujours
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Belle Toujours is doggedly inconsequential, deliberately non-eventful and blank."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Tom Dawson, Film4
"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."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"As an echo of the Buńuel masterwork, it could hardly be better in teasing out and expanding on its themes. Effortless artistry, in fact."
‑ , This is London
"Belle Toujours lets us peer at one master embroidering on the legacy of another master."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Both performers make the most of skimpy roles, raising an eyebrow or focusing a gaze. But only those who've forgotten Buńuel's psychosexual daring will find such modest achievements nourishing."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"As such, you want it to be a timeless triumph, but sadly it's a minor work."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"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."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"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."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's also more about class and less about sexual desire."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The question lingers: Do we really need a sequel to Belle de Jour?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"There is something reductive in all these talky explanations, nailing down the mysteries of fantasy and dream life that Buńuel so audaciously left hanging."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"Belle Toujours is a teasing charmer from a Portuguese centenarian."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Belle Toujours allows Oliveira to reminisce, to be slightly playful and naughty, but still thoughtful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Cinematical
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