The surrealist dichotomy between Séverine's reality and fantasy is quite unclear, but what we can be sure is that Catherine Deneuve is perfect in a classy prostitute role, providing the exact amount of sex-appeal and naivety to portray an uncomfortable housewife trying to expand her curiosity about sex.
i have been thinking all day of a comment to describe this film and my experience but i haven't really been able to think of anything substantial. belle de jour left me with a numbed feeling like i was desensitized. it's a film worth viewing - for one, it's simply gorgeous to look at. this is one where execution was of its finest but the content was somewhat lifeless to me at times and not because that was intended.