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Belle de Jour
  • 1967
  • France / Italy
  • 1h 40min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Luis Buñuel
  • Written by: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière, Joseph Kessel
  • Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page
  • Language: French/Spanish

The beautiful but bored wife of a surgeon spends her afternoons working in a brothel where she meets an odd assortment of characters. Buñuel's treatment of the bourgeoisie is typically cool and unforgiving, and his blurring of the line between fantasy and reality so successful that by the end, we wonder whether the whole movie could have been dreamt up by the protagonist. Wonderfully amoral comedy of manners.

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Belle de Jour

29 Jan 20075 stars

(18) 99min

The very great Spanish filmmaker and surrealist Luis Buñuel wrote in his fantastic autobiography My Last Breath that Belle de Jour was ‘my biggest commercial success, which I attribute more to the marvellous whores than to my direction.’ Self-effacing…

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