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Belle de Jour (1967)
"Belle de jour" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  10 April 1968 (USA)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.


(as Luis Bunuel)


(novel) (as Joseph Kessel de l'Académie Française) , (adaptation) (as Luis Bunuel) , 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Sorel ...
Pierre Clémenti ...
Françoise Fabian ...
Macha Méril ...
Muni ...
Maria Latour ...
Claude Cerval
Michel Charrel ...
Iska Khan ...
Asian client
Bernard Musson ...
Marcel Charvey ...
Prof. Henri
François Maistre ...


Severine is a beautiful young woman married to a doctor. She loves her husband dearly, but cannot bring herself to be physically intimate with him. She indulges instead in vivid, kinky, erotic fantasies to entertain her sexual desires. Eventually she becomes a prostitute, working in a brothel in the afternoons while remaining chaste in her marriage. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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Luis Bunuel's Masterpiece of Erotica!




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10 April 1968 (USA)  »

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Belle de Jour  »

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One scene in the film that audiences obsessed over was the one in which an Asian client entered the brothel with a mysterious box containing an unknown object that is never revealed. When he opens the box to show the prostitutes what is inside, Séverine is the only one who agrees to an encounter while the others turn away in horror. Luis Buñuel found that the most common question people asked him about the film later concerned the contents of the box. It was a question he found "senseless...I can't count the number of times people (particularly women) have asked me what was in the box, but since I myself have no idea, I usually reply, 'Whatever you want there to be.'" See more »


When Pierre and Severine kiss goodnight the position of the pillow behind her neck changes. See more »


Séverine Serizy: Pierre, please, don't let the cats out.
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28 December 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My other favorite Bunuel films, _The Exterminating Angel_ and _The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie_, are in some ways social satires surrealistically told. _Belle de Jour_, however, is much more of a purely surreal work, which is appropriate since it is about two of the most surreal of subjects: power, and sex. Don't watch it expecting psychedelic camera tricks and Freudian dream sequences - Bunuel is much too controlled for trickery, and much too tricky to allow you to calmly map out what is real and what is not. And don't expect to know exactly what has happened at the end or even to remember the film clearly later. Each time I see it again I discovered that that the film has somehow reassembled itself in my memory, so each viewing is fresh and surprising. Even if you don't give a tinker's melted watch about surrealism, and don't care to puzzle out reality from fantasy, there's still much to like here: frequent droll humor, a little bit of titillation, and a good performance from an incredibly beautiful young Catherine Deneuve. Watch it with someone you love.

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