Once upon a time, there was a young lady named Severine. She had a dream that she was married to mild Dr. Jekyll. But she wanted to meet wild Mr. Hyde. The one with the funny teeth, from 1931. So she dreamed she was in that film, and was, you know, the fancy lady. And she did meet wild Mr. Hyde. But Mr. Hyde was jealous and, well, when he got shot, she woke up. And Severine and the Doctor lived happily ever after.
Buñuel, the original rule breaker. This is risqué even by today's standards- I only wish I could experience the shear pleasure in the taboo of seeing this upon its release, 50 years ago! And how ahead of his time Buñuel was to turn a mirror on his viewers' most inner desires and fantasies, our inability to marry them with realities and societal norms. The shame and guilt of it itself being the root of the issue.
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.
8/10. 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.