Belle Toujours
Belle Toujours (2007)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

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

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Tom Dawson
Film4

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.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

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

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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

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Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

As such, you want it to be a timeless triumph, but sadly it's a minor work.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Cath Clarke
Guardian

There is something reductive in all these talky explanations, nailing down the mysteries of fantasy and dream life that Buńuel so audaciously left hanging.

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