Ty Burr
December 15, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Belle de Jour

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Clementi, Jean Sorel
director
Luis Bunuel
distributor
Miramax
author
Luis Bunuel, Jean-Claude Carriere
genre
Romance, Erotic, Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A

This ”portrait of a young female bourgeoise masochist” (as director Luis Bunuel wrote in his 1983 autobiography) isn’t so much perverted as tantalizingly perverse. Deneuve is stunning and opaque as Severine, the upper-class Parisian housewife who whiles away her days in a brothel even as her hapless doctor husband bemoans the frigidity she displays at home. Belle de Jour retains the cruelly mocking wit that had audiences for 1930’s L’Age d’Or tearing up theater seats, yet there’s a lovely affirmation of human absurdity at the movie’s heart. A

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