Belle de Jour(LFM 2019)
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
Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli