Buñuel's surreal touch to ‘Belle De Jour’ enhances Joseph Kessel’s original novel; the film offers a fresh perspective to Séverine, the comedy that ensues from this works wonderfully, in an adaptation that is done right. Not overly explicit, the film is rather tame compared to today’s standards but what is implied is far more effective. Deneuve stole my heart from start to finish; 'Belle De Jour' is a treat to watch.
7.5/10. Bunuel's kinky dreamscape depicts the conflict that results from the impossible duality society expects of women: to be both the saintly chaste girl and the seductive temptress. Catherine Deneuve is both captivating and distant. The opening dream sequence is shocking and sets the tone for what's to come. I wish the dangerous young gangster character had shown up earlier -- he adds an engaging dramatic urgency
This was a unsuspecting movie, and I appreciated how it played with prevailing hetero-patriarchal sexual norms (esp. profound for its time imo) OMG I just realized it is a Bunuel film, which is weird because of his reputation as somewhat misogynistic. Maybe he was just really into bdsm and it reflected in his movies in an unsympathetic time period.
Une singulière étude au scalpel des moeurs dissolues d'une certaine bourgeoisie de classe et de claque qui végète et se vautre, de génération en génération, dans l'argent facile, le refoulé maladif et l'hypocrisie débordante. On peut préférer le fantastique d'un autre film de Bunuel "L'ange exterminateur" dans la même grinçante optique de dénonciation cinglante et nécessaire. www.cinefiches.com
My dad saw this film and I asked him about it. He said, "Not that great". I asked him if Deneuve was naked. He said "Not really". Later, when I actually saw the movie I understood what he was saying. It's just a film about male fantasies, which is fine, but certainly nothing new. Bunuel was just being lazy. Deneuve was way better in 'Repulsion', which deals with some of the same themes.
This was my first exposure to Bunuel and it's safe to say that I was blown away! I loved how flexible reality seemed to be with Deneuve's character slipping in and out of bizarre dream sequences. This is a complex character study and Deneuve gives a tremendous performance in the lead role. I can't wait to check out some of Bunuel's other films!