Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour (18)

Director: Luis Bunuel
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page
France / Italy, 1967, 1 hour 41 minutes, subtitles

Tuesday 8 April 2.00pm
The Courtyard Hereford

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Through its dramatic collision between fantasy and reality, between free sexual expression and respectable bourgeois values, this elegant and erotic masterpiece holds a hypnotic grip on audiences. Deneuve plays the glacially beautiful, sexually unfulfilled, bored housewife Severine, who indulges her fantasies when she takes a day job in a brothel. An amoral comedy that is remarkably discrete and chaste given its potentially sensationalist subject, this is undoubtedly Bunuel's most accessible film.

"one of the greatest of directors simply because of the expressive mastery of his films" David Thomson

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