Belle De Jour (Classic Film Pick)
Luis Bunuel’s 1967 film stars Catherine Deneuve as the wife of a wealthy doctor who begins spending her afternoons working in a high-class French brothel catering to the unique kinks of its clientele.
Outrageous and yet anchored in sensual desire and erotic fantasy, “Belle de Jour” is a fascinating cinematic achievement that dares to connect Deneuve’s porcelain beauty to a world of bourgeois rebellion. Here is a sublime picture filled with surprise, nuance, and a narcotic dose of Catherine Deneuve putting her exotic beauty in the service of surrealism's most provocative filmmaker.
Not Rated. 101 mins. (A+) (Five stars — out of five / no halves.