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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.

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(as Luis Bunuel)

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(novel) (as Joseph Kessel de l'Académie Française) , (adaptation) (as Luis Bunuel) , 1 more credit »
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Jean Sorel ...
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Pierre Clémenti ...
Françoise Fabian ...
Charlotte
Macha Méril ...
Renee
Muni ...
Pallas
Maria Latour ...
Mathilde
Claude Cerval
Michel Charrel ...
Footman
Iska Khan ...
Asian client
Bernard Musson ...
Majordomo
Marcel Charvey ...
Prof. Henri
François Maistre ...
L'ensignant
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

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Marcel breaks the glass and oval frame to vent his anger. The same frame and picture are unbroken later. See more »

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Asian client: I will pump you once for good! I will pump you once for good! I will pump you once for good!
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Wishing, Wanting And Longing
6 March 2007 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

Sèverine is perfect, she's Catherine Deneuve. She consciously inhabits her subconscious and the comings and goings are tinted with pristine, erotic decadence. Her perfection includes outrage without rage, panic without fear. Having or not having is the question she never asks. Her husband Pierre, the exquisite Jean Sorel, is like one of her garments. There, stunning, understated, reliable, existing without existing. Marcel, in the other hand, the riveting Pierre Clementi, seems determined to provoke. Provoke what? Where is that need creeping from? I love to meander through "Belle de Jour" allowing Luis Bunuel to have his fun. He deserves it. His puzzle is just that, a puzzle and his genius, challenge us to find the non existent pieces. The pieces are ours coming from our own wishes, wantings and longings.


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