GenreDrama Initial DVD releaseJanuary 22, 2002 CountryFrance/Italy
Release dateMay 24, 1967 (1967-05-24) (France)
April 10, 1968 (1968-04-10) (United States) Based onBelle de Jour
by Joseph Kessel WriterJoseph Kessel (novel), Luis Bunuel (adaptation), Jean-Claude Carriere (adaptation) CastCatherine Deneuve (Séverine Serizy), Michel Piccoli (Henri Husson), Jean Sorel (Pierre Serizy), Geneviève Page (Madame Anais), Pierre Clémenti (Marcel), Françoise Fabian (Charlotte) Similar moviesJamon Jamon, The Voyeur, Holy Smoke!, All Ladies Do It, Zandalee, The Nines
TaglineLuis Bunuel's Masterpiece of Erotica!
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Belle de Jour ([bɛl də ʒuʁ]) is a 1967 French drama film directed by Luis Buñuel and starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, and Michel Piccoli. Based on the 1928 novel Belle de jour by Joseph Kessel, the film is about a young woman who spends her midweek afternoons as a high-class prostitute while her husband is at work.
The title of the film is a pun on the French term, "belle de nuit" ("lady of the night", i.e. a prostitute), but Séverine works during the day under the pseudonym "Belle de Jour". Her nickname can also be interpreted as a reference to the French name of the daylily (Hemerocallis), meaning "beauty of [the] day", a flower that blooms only during the day.
It was one of Buñuel's most successful and famous films. American director Martin Scorsese promoted a 1995 limited re-release in America and a 2002 release on DVD. In 2006 the Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira released Belle Toujours, imagining a future encounter between two of the central characters from the original film. In 2010, Belle de Jour was ranked #56 in Empire magazine's list, The 100 Best Films of World Cinema. It won the Golden Lion and the Pasinetti Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival in 1967. Many of Deneuve's costumes were designed by Yves St. Laurent.
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Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve), a young and beautiful housewife, is unable to share physical intimacy with her husband, Dr. Pierre Serizy (Jean Sorel), despite their love for each other. Her sexual life is restricted to elaborate fantasies involving domination, sadomasochism, and bondage. Although frustrated by his wife's frigidity toward him, he respects her wishes.
While visiting a ski resort, they meet two friends, Henri Husson (Michel Piccoli) and Renée (Macha Méril). Séverine does not like Husson's manner and the way he looks at her. Back in Paris, Séverine meets up with Renée and learns that a mutual friend, Henriette, now works at a brothel. At her home, Séverine receives roses from Husson and is unsettled by the gesture. At the tennis courts, she meets Husson and they discuss Henriette and houses of pleasure. Husson mentions a high-class brothel to Séverine at 11 Cité Jean de Saumur. He also confesses his desire for her, but Séverine rejects his advances.
Haunted by childhood memories, including one involving a man who appears to touch her inappropriately, Séverine goes to the high-class brothel, which is run by Madame Anaïs (Geneviève Page). That afternoon Séverine services her first client. Reluctant at first, she responds to the "firm hand" of Madame Anaïs, who names her "Belle de Jour," and has sex with the stranger. After staying away for a week, Séverine returns to the brothel and begins working from two to five o'clock each day, returning to her unsuspecting husband in the evenings. One day Husson comes to visit her at home, but Séverine refuses to see him. Still she fantasizes about having sex with him in her husband's presence. At the same time, Séverine's physical relationship with her husband is improving and she begins having sex with him.
Séverine becomes involved with a young gangster, Marcel (Pierre Clémenti), who offers her the kind of thrills and excitement of her fantasies. When Marcel becomes increasingly jealous and demanding, Séverine decides to leave the brothel, with Madame Anaïs' agreement. Séverine is also concerned about Husson, who has discovered her secret life at the brothel. After one of Marcel's gangster associates follows Séverine to her home, Marcel visits her and threatens to reveal her secret to her husband. Séverine pleads with him to leave, which he does, referring to her husband as "the obstacle."
Marcel waits downstairs for Pierre to return home and shoots him three times. Marcel then flees, but is shot dead by police. Séverine's husband survives, but is left in a coma. The police are unable to find a motive for the attempted murder. Sometime later Séverine is at home taking care of Pierre, who is now completely paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Husson visits Pierre to tell him the truth about his wife's secret life; she does not try to stop him. Afterwards, in an ambiguous ending, Séverine is amazed when Pierre suddenly gets out of his wheel chair and pours himself a drink. He asks what she is thinking about. She admits that she is thinking about him.
Catherine Deneuve as Séverine Serizy, alias Belle de Jour
Jean Sorel as Pierre Serizy
Michel Piccoli as Henri Husson
Geneviève Page as Madame Anaïs
Pierre Clémenti as Marcel
Françoise Fabian as Charlotte
Macha Méril as Renée
Maria Latour as Mathilde
Marguerite Muni as Pallas
Francis Blanche as Monsieur Adolphe
François Maistre as The professor
Georges Marchal as Duke
Francisco Rabal as Hyppolite
1 Square Albin-Cachot, Paris 13, Paris, France
Murno Gladst, Paris 13, Paris, France
79 Champs-Élysées, Paris 8, Paris, France
Chalet de la Grande Cascade, Bois de Boulogne, Paris 16, Paris, France
Champs Elysées, Paris 8, Paris, France
Rue de Messine, Paris 8, Paris, France (Serizy's home)