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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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Did You Know?


The comment by Pierre Serizy, "Semen retentum venenum est" is in Latin, and could be roughly translated as "To retain one's semen is poisonous" or "To retain one's semen will allow it to eat away at one like a poison." See more »


When Severine and friend are in the cab, the projected background in the cab does not match the exterior as seen when Severine gets out. See more »


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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Referenced in Yes Minister: The Death List (1981) See more »

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The gap between fantasy and reality in female desire…

Deneuve plays Séverine Serizy, a bored middle-class woman who never slept with her handsome husband Pierre (Jean Sorel). She eventually adopts a double life on weekday afternoons as a hooker… Here she explores the depths of her desires with her amazing sexual inhibitions… Although the film resolves around her goings-on at a high-class brothel, real nudity and sex are never shown…

"Belle de Jour" may seem one of the most mysterious, poetic, and provoking films ever made… Producing a body of work unparalleled in its wealth of meaning and its ability to surprise and shock, Buñuel leads us into a new world arousing wonder and astonishment, depravity and pleasure, weird and entertaining…

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