Director Buñuel began his film career with the silent cult classic, "Un Chien
Andalou," co-written and produced with the surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Surrealism
and the often bizarre nature of our inner lives inform many of his films. In "Belle
de jour" Catherine Deneuve plays an emotionally cold woman. On the surface she is a model
wife to her husband. Beneath she has a vivid erotic fantasy life which finds an outlet
during afternoons in a brothel.
Rated R for sexual content.
Post-film discussion led by Dr. Rachel Ritterbusch, Associate Professor of English and
Modern Languages at Shepherd University.
About the director Luis Buñuel
About the life and film career of Catherine Deneuve
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film