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Belle de jour


Belle de Jour had to of been shocking when it came out in 1967. Sverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve,

Repulsion) is the loving housewife, who reacts frigidly when it comes to being intimate with her husband. She

needs something a little more erotic. Shes married to Pierre Serizy (Jean Sorel) a young doctor who dreams of

having a child. Sverine has other wishes in mind as she dreams about being dominated by her sexual partners.

Its amazing then how restrained the material in Belle de Jour remains throughout its run-time. Given its

description it sounds more comfortable as an adult film, but like Sverine herself, theres a high level of

class involved. Theres a low-level of nudity and there is absolutely no intercourse shown. Belle de Jour is

more considered with delving into the sexual desires of a woman who wants her sex life to be much more explicit

than the reality.
Sverine discovers an outlet for her sexual desires. A family friend, Henri (Michel Piccoli), provokes her to

visit a friend of his. Madame Anais (Genevive Page) owns a high-class client brothel and entices Sverine to

join her circle of women. Sverine will now be able to find an escape from her suffering because each of these

men have fantasies of their own. One of the men is interested in BDSM and bondage to get his fix, while another,

prefers to be dominated by his hired prostitute. These encounters open up Sverines mind to endless


When Sverine is at work she is known as Belle de Jour (beauty of the day) because she must be home when her

husband returns at five. Shes allowed these freedoms based on her elegant beauty, but that also gets her into

trouble. A young gangster, Marcel (Pierre Clmenti), has fallen in love with her and requests her at every

possibility. He is insanely jealous of her husband and blindly demands that Sverine should be his. The problem

is that he fulfills every desire Sverine wishes for and she soon has trouble juggling her double-life.
Belle de Jour switches effortlessly between the dreams and reality that Sverine lives through. While the

material doesnt hold quite the same shock as it did in 1967, it never flinches from showing the inner-most

desires of a woman who at her heart is a masochist. Director Luis Buuel made a film that delves into the

psychosis like few other films can claim and Belle de Jour remains fascinating and provoking to this day.
Date Added: 07/01/2013 by MonteCarlo
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