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Severine Serizy (Deneuve) is a beautiful 23-year-old Parisian woman married to a surgeon, Pierre (Sorel), whom she loves dearly but with whom she cannot be physically intimate. She has a wild, kinky fantasy life, however, which mostly involve her being abused as a masochist. One day she hears about a high-class brothel and eventually goes to work there in the afternoons before returning home to her husband. A young gangster client, Marcel (Clementi), falls for her, and though she enjoys being with him -- doesn't even charge him for her services -- she doesn't really care for him and eventually gets in way over her head. Veteran Spanish surrealist director Luis Bunuel based this 1967 film, on a 1928 novel by Joseph Kessel.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus




Severine is a young housewife in a steady marriage, who finds herself fantasizing about humiliating sexual situations and starts to work daytime at a brothel in order to fulfill these fantasies.
The review of this Movie prepared by Julie




Belle de Jour (directed by Louis Buñuel) is a film detailing the change in Severine played by Catherine Deneuve. She eventually goes to work at the brothel during the day, and plays housewife by night. The movie follows her awakening to an interesting conclusion.

This film features a great deal of drean sequences, and after a while it becomes difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The English commentary on the DVD is quite useful.

The review of this Movie prepared by Allen Strelow



Script Analysis of Belle de Jour

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   sex with client/patient    -   really kinky sex! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   prostitute Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker/wife Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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