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Belle toujours (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 11 April 2007 (France)
38 years after their last encounter, Henri Husson thinks he sees Séverine in a concert. He follows her and sadistically takes out a slow and painful revenge.

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Manoel de Oliveira
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michel Piccoli ... Henri Husson
Bulle Ogier ... Séverine Serizy
Ricardo Trêpa ... Barman
Leonor Baldaque Leonor Baldaque ... Young Prostitute
Júlia Buisel Júlia Buisel ... Old Prostitute
Lawrence Foster Lawrence Foster ... Himself - Direction musicale
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Belle toujours occurred to me unexpectedly and, as I had the will to pay my tribute to Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière, I was happy to have found a way to do so, perhaps the best, and I started working. What is it about? Taking two of the strange characters from the film Belle de Jour, and make them relive, thirty eight years later, in the strangeness of a secret which was only in the possession of the masculine character and a knowledge that had become crucial to the female character. Thus, passed this time, they meet again. She tries to avoid him by all means. But he stalks her and eventually manages to gain her attention with the intention of revealing the secret that he alone can unfold. They set a meeting, a dinner, where she expects that all will be revealed. During dinner, she, now a widow, awaits the expected revelation: what he had told her husband while he was mute and paralytic because of a gunshot wound fired by a lover of hers. The situation is tense and she ends up ... Written by Manoel de Oliveira

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 April 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bella sempre See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,363, 10 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,643, 9 September 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Portugal's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

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Follows Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphonie n° 8 en sol majeur - Op. 88 (mouvements 3 et 4)
(credited incorrectly as mouvements 2 et 3)
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by L'Orchestre de la Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian
Conducted by Lawrence Foster
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very very dull
29 November 2008 | by onthelookoutSee all my reviews

every minute of this film felt like an hour. I liked two things about the film - those were the shots of Paris, including some of the pretentious ones. Every scene was very dull and the actors really could not do their job (the barman was very bad, quickly followed by our protagonist). Admittedly I haven't yet seen 'belle de jour' so perhaps I didn't understand all the references. In any case I believe a film should be a film that can stand alone even if it's a sequel. To all those who haven't already dedicated the 100 minutes to see the original I implore you to beware of giving up the painful 68 minutes needed to see this one...


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