Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour (1968)

Belle de Jour dramatizes the collision between depravity and elegance, one of the favorite themes of director Luis Buñuel. Catherine Deneuve stars as a wealthy but bored newlywed, eager to taste life to the fullest. She seemingly gets her… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: April 10, 1968
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
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Critic Score: 96% 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.

Ryan Pollard
Starburst

Belle de Jour is a film that's ambiguous and alluring in equal measure, and while that can be alienating for modern audiences, this is a film that is still radical, thought provoking and enticing after 50 years.

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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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Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue

he fact Belle de Jour resists such settled interpretation is one reason to see it... Another reason is Deneuve.

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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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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Deneuve is utterly beguiling in a movie shifting between dream and reality with such deft sleights of hand that we are never sure whether we are watching episodes from Séverine's life or sharing her fantasies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Audacious for the time it was made and still provocative and enticing today, this film in an intelligent and psychologically nuanced exploration of sexuality… More
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
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

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