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French Cinema Festival: Belle de Jour

Le French May Cinema Programme entitled “Love Passion and Glamour” will explore the maelstrom of human feelings with a selection of 10 movies among the best new releases and the classic repertoire. Find  more: frenchguidehk.com/event/french-cinema-love-passion-and-glamour

Belle de Jour:

Drama
1967 • Colour (4K restored version) • 100 min • France
In French with English subtitles
Director:Luis Buñuel
Cast:Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli

Inspired by a novel of Joseph Kessel. Severine, the very reserved wife of Pierre, is prey to masochistic fantasies which reveal her sexual frustration. Driven by curiosity, she secretly pays a visit to a brothel and unknown to Pierre, she soon becomes “Beauty of the Day”, the third girl in Madame Anaïs’ discreet house of ill-repute. She seems to have found an inner peace through the satisfaction of her clients’ desires but things turn sour when Marcel, a loutish regular visitor to the bordello, insists on having Severine all to himself.

Golden Lion – Venice International Film Festival, 1967

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