First watched this eight years ago on the television. My introduction to Bunuel. Even more special: My introduction to Mlle. Deneuve! Love & Adoration at first sight and still one of my favourite women in ALL HISTORY OF CINEMA AND SPACE AND TIME AND GALAXIES AND COSMOS FOREVER AND ALWAYS!! (Sorry.) Also Quite, Quite Special: Pierre Clementi!! (Mmmm...) JE T'ADORE!! JE T'AIME!! S&M!!
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.
Given this director's delight in shocking the bourgeoisie, it's not surprising that the subject of this beautifully made movie is 'the world's oldest profession'. Deneuve is icily impressive as the impassive housewife, outwardly frigid, who spends her afternoons in an upmarket brothel reveling in a sadomasochistic fantasy life. Buñuel is in playful mood throughout and his film is a poetic and beguiling masterpiece..