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Belle (1973)

The aging romancier Mathieu Grégoire falls in love with a female stranger who doesn't even understand his language. Their uncommon relationship upsets his family.


André Delvaux
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Credited cast:
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Mathieu Grégoire
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Jeanne
Adriana Bogdan Adriana Bogdan ... Belle
Roger Coggio ... Victor
René Hainaux René Hainaux ... Deputy
Stéphane Excoffier Stéphane Excoffier ... Marie
John Dobrynine ... John
Valerio Popesco Valerio Popesco ... Stranger
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... False Stranger
André Blavier André Blavier ... Vincent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Audier Marc Audier ... Patron de café
Arlette Emmery Arlette Emmery ... La récitante
Suzanne Gohy Suzanne Gohy ... Mother
Yvette Merlin Yvette Merlin ... Patronne des 'Joités'


The line between fantasy and reality is once more blurred in this Belgian/French drama about a professor of literature who develops an obsession with a beautiful woman he meets (or imagines meeting) in the woods. He has an affair with this woman, but before he can run off with her, his daughter, who is an object of his incestuous desire (as several daydream sequences make clear), kills the stranger. Perhaps, though, his daughter only kills his daydreams when she gets married.

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The Mystery of Belle
28 October 2002 | by tangoviudoSee all my reviews

This Andre Delvaux film concerns an apparently happily married archivist who finds a mysterious woman in an abandoned farmhouse one day and enters into a passionate affair with her. Set in and near the Walloon "Fagnes," an ancient forest in Eastern Belgium, Delvaux successfully taps into an almost myth-like atmosphere as Mathieu, the meek archivist, is suddenly awakened by passion into an increasingly sinister double-life. It's a story Maeterlinck (author of Pelleas and Melisande, which became the libretto for Debussy's glorious opera) would have loved. The music, by Devreese, is appropriately haunting. The ending will leave you hanging, but in a splendid state of "aporia."

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Release Date:

May 1973 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Spa, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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