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Belle de Jour


Part of  The Films of Catherine Deneuve – Every Thursday in August! 

In this boundary-pushing classic from legendary filmmaker Luis Buñuel, Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior, in one of the actress’s most iconic roles.

“One of Luis Buñuel’s most wry and elegant films … Catherine Deneuve’s cool beauty still astonishes and mystifies.” – David Faires, Austin Chronicle

Séverine (Deneuve) is a frustrated, upper class Paris housewife who is frigid at home with her doctor husband, but who also indulges in private erotic fantasies that range from the sadomasochistic to the scatological.   To realize her innermost sexual proclivities, Séverine becomes a prostitute at a secretive, high-class brothel run by Madame Anais (Genevieve Page), working only on weekday afternoons under the moniker, Belle de Jour.  But when one of her clients (Pierre Clementi) grows increasingly possessive, Séverine must decide if she’ll continue with her double life or try and return to “normalcy.”   Provocateur-for-the-ages Luis Buñuel’s surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream is a stunning examination of desire and fetishistic pleasures, as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary mores and class divisions.  The film also explores one of Buñuel’s favorite themes – the explosive collision between depravity and elegance.  Fantasy and reality freely commingle in this kinky burst of cinematic transgression, driven by Deneuve’s nimbly cool, detached performance.  (Dir. by Luis Buñuel, 1967, France/Italy, in French/Spanish/Mongolian with subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated)