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Belle de Jour

M Drama

Synopsis

Beautiful young housewife Severine Serizy cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre. When her lovestruck friend Henri mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais, Severine pays a visit and eventually begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.

Winner of the Golden Lion and the Pasinetti Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 1967, BELLE DE JOUR is an elegant and erotic masterpiece and is undoubtedly one of Luis Bunuel's most accessible, successful and famous films. Screen Icon Catherine Deneuve plays Severine, the glacially beautiful, sexually unfulfilled wife of a surgeon, whose blood runs icy with ennui until she takes a day job in a brothel. Bunuel uses diffused lighting, dark colors, and shadows throughout the film to temper the gravity and emotional impact of each uncomfortable scene. Left to our own imaginative devices, the result is a film that is highly unsettling, perverse, and inevitably tragic.

French language with English subtitles.

Release Date 8 July 2021
Running Time 1hr 37m
Rating M | Mature
Cast Luis Buñuel
Director Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli

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