★★★★★

Among Spanish-born Mexican director Luis Buñuel’s most successful works, Belle de Jour’s re-release comes just in time for the film’s fiftieth anniversary. A satire on repressed bourgeois sexuality, the 1967 film is both darkly erotic and rich in social commentary.

Séverine (Catherine Deneuve), is rich, beautiful and bored. A devoted wife to Pierre (Jean Sorel), she has lost interest in him physically, retreating to her recurring sado-masochistic fantasies. Séverine does not wish to be unfaithful to Pierre – when his friend Henri (Michel Piccoli) makes a pass at her she rejects him – but on hearing about a high class brothel, her frustrated curiosity gets the better of her and Séverine goes to check out the place.

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