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Member Pick: Belle de Jour (1968)

  • Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Geneviève Page, Jean Sorel,
  • Director: Luis Buñuel
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Language: French
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 105 min.

Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. December’s pick was made by moxie member Sally Baird.

“When my husband Rob and I were students at Mizzou, we heard about a new arts cinema,” says Sally. “We went post haste and the film that was showing was Belle de Jour. It was a revelation of what film could be. It was in French, racy and totally unlike any movie we had seen.”

Synopsis: Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre (Jean Sorel). When her lovestruck friend Henri (Michel Piccoli) mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais (Genevieve Page), Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients (Pierre Clémenti) grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.

"A delicacy, a passionate and compassionate study of erotica."
- Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"It is possibly the best-known erotic film of modern times, perhaps the best."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Of all the supposedly challenging attractions playing locally in our supposedly more enlightened era, the most compellingly erotic and entertaining spectacle is still provided by Belle de Jour"
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A wise, enormously enjoyable film about the power of fantasy -- a toast to the importance of dreams."
- Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle