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      Belle Toujours

      Released Apr 6, 2007 1 hr. 12 min. Drama List
      71% 41 Reviews Tomatometer 45% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score In Paris aging rogue Henri Husson (Michel Piccoli) spots Severine (Bulle Ogier), a housewife who began a secret life as a prostitute years earlier to relieve her boredom. Though she does not know if he ever revealed her secret to her paralyzed husband, she is reluctant to meet with him. However, Henri is very persistent and finally persuades her to have dinner with him. Read More Read Less
      Belle Toujours

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      Critics Consensus

      An unexpectedly moving sequel to Luis Bunuel's Belle du Jour, Belle Toujours is a short and sweet elegy on aging, sexuality, and the power of cinema.

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      jack c aside from the opening Dvorak performance, this is a beautiful-looking bore. This is as much an homage to Bunuel as Blue Velvet is to Capra. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A poor attempt to make a tribute to the classic drama. Catherine Deneuve was definitely missing in the title role, but she most likely had her reasons to decline her participation. It is good that Oliveira was able to convince Michel Piccoli to reprise the role of Henri Husson. But if I were him, I would hot have made this film without Catherine Deneuve reprising her role of Severine. The title was chosen smartly - Belle Toujours (A Beauty Forever) as a tribute to Belle De Jour (A Beauty for a Day). Too bad that the director could not move further than that. Nice views of Paris and good music, though. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Ah, another great film by Manuel de Oliveira. With the amazing grandpere, Michel Piccoli. I have nothing to say about this film, except EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member clocking in at a short 69 minutes the film opens up saying," a homage to luis bunel" but its more of a sequel of sorts to bunel's "belle du juor" even the lead returns to his role in this but alas catherine denueve is replaced by another very interesting. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member No entendi ni jota, quizas por lo surrealista o por las copas de mas de esa noche. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member hadn't watched the original but I really enjoyed this. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review Joshua Rothkopf Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Wally Hammond Time Out Beautifully, economically, directed, acted and photographed (by Sabine Lancelin), 'Belle Toujours' is essentially an affectionate, witty, often farcical jeu d'esprit, sweetly and knowingly bringing together the old-fashioned and the modern. Rated: 5/6 Nov 21, 2008 Full Review Jay Kuehner Cinema Scope Belle toujours, though, is hinged on the slightest, and more sordid, of provocations. Oct 10, 2017 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Rated: 4/5 Nov 24, 2008 Full Review Tom Dawson Film4 Oliveira's slender Belle Toujours has a certain curiosity value for fans of Belle De Jour, even if it never matches the surreal brilliance of the earlier film. Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 21, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In Paris aging rogue Henri Husson (Michel Piccoli) spots Severine (Bulle Ogier), a housewife who began a secret life as a prostitute years earlier to relieve her boredom. Though she does not know if he ever revealed her secret to her paralyzed husband, she is reluctant to meet with him. However, Henri is very persistent and finally persuades her to have dinner with him.
      Director
      Manoel de Oliveira
      Screenwriter
      Manoel de Oliveira
      Distributor
      New Yorker Films
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 6, 2007, Limited
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $10.6K