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Belle de jour


Sverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve), a young and beautiful housewife, is unable to share physical intimacy with her husband, Dr. Pierre Serizy (Jean Sorel), despite their love for each other. Her sexual life is restricted to elaborate fantasies involving domination, sadomasochism, and bondage. Although frustrated by his wife's frigidity toward him, he respects her wishes.
While visiting a ski resort, they meet two friends, Henri Husson (Michel Piccoli) and Rene (Macha Mril). Sverine does not like Husson's manner and the way he looks at her. Back in Paris, Sverine meets up with Rene and learns that a mutual friend, Henriette, now works at a brothel. At her home, Sverine receives roses from Husson and is unsettled by the gesture. At the tennis courts, she meets Husson and they discuss Henriette and houses of pleasure. Husson mentions a high-class brothel to Sverine at 11 Cit Jean de Saumur. He also confesses his desire for her, but Sverine rejects his advances.
Haunted by childhood memories involving her father, Sverine goes to the high-class brothel, which is run by Madame Anas (Genevive Page). That afternoon Sverine services her first client. Reluctant at first, she responds to the "firm hand" of Madame Anas, who names her 'Belle de Jour', and has sex with the stranger. After staying away for a week, Sverine returns to the brothel and begins working from two to five o'clock each day, returning to her unsuspecting husband in the evenings. One day Husson comes to visit her at home, but Sverine refuses to see him. Still she fantasizes about having sex with him in her husband's presence. Ironically, Sverine's physical relationship with her husband is improving and she begins sleeping with him.
Sverine becomes involved with a young gangster, Marcel (Pierre Clmenti), who offers her the kind of thrills and excitement of her fantasies. When Marcel becomes increasingly jealous and demanding, Sverine decides to leave the brothel, with Madame Anas' agreement. Sverine is also concerned about Husson who knows about her secret life at the brothel. One of Marcel's gangster associates follows Sverine to her home, and soon Marcel visits her and threatens to reveal her secret life to her husband. Sverine pleads with him to leave her home, and after some time he does.
Marcel waits downstairs for Pierre to return home and shoots him three times before escaping. He is eventually tracked down and shot dead by the police. Sverine's husband survives, but is left in a coma. The police are unable to find a motive for the attempted murder. Sometime later Sverine is at home taking care of Pierre who is now completely paralyzed and in a wheelchair. Husson visits him and tells Pierre the truth about his wife's secret life; she does not try to stop him. Afterwards, Sverine dreams that her husband is healthy again and they are happy.
Date Added: 05/13/2013 by Bachelor
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