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Belle De Jour

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
8.57 /10
Catherine Deneuve , Michel Piccoli , Francoise Fabian
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Directed by: Luis Bunuel
Written by: Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere from Joseph Kessel's novel

Released: 1967
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France/ Italy
Colour: C
Length: 100

A rich, sexually dissatisfied wife (Catherine Deneuve, pictured) moonlights, or rather daylights, as a prostitute.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Thanks to its eroticism, Bunuel's most commercially successful film. Catherine Deneuve is realistic and oddly touching as a woman frightened by her sexuality. The film has Bunuel's surreal trademarks and is generally considered a classic. But Deneuve's fantasies are poorly directed (note the extraneous car in the background of the first shot, and the flat lighting throughout); the story descends into melodrama in the final 20 minutes; the female actors are much better than the men; and Bunuel doesn't seem to know ultimately what he's trying to communicate. If all he's saying is that cold exteriors often hide dark passions, Belle De Jour is little more profound than the average novel by Jackie Collins.

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