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BELLE DE JOUR

BELLE DE JOUR

Luis Buñuel · France · 1967 · 100 mins · not rated · French with subtitles
AwardsIMDbRotten Tomatoes 96%

NEW 4K RESTORATION OF LUIS BUÑUEL’S CLASSIC!

 

Returning in a new 4K restoration, Luis Buñuel's Belle de Jour is as chic and shocking as ever. Catherine Deneuve plays a bored bourgeois housewife whose sadomasochistic daydreams of degradation find an outlet when she takes a job at a Parisian brothel, where she spends her afternoons as a fetish and fantasy object to an assortment of strange clients. As her fantasies of humiliation escalate, she (and we) can no longer discern illusion from reality.
 --Toronto International Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her afternoon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from legendary provocateur Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (for both its characters and its viewers), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality co-mingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.
–Janus Films

“This silly little masterpiece regards Deneuve as the goddess of light she really was — a figment of our collective appetite for the unreal.”
–Village Voice
“Possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best.” –Roger Ebert
“A wise, enormously enjoyable film about the power of fantasy — a toast to the importance of dreams.” –San Francisco Chronicle
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