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* {{Cuckold}}: One of Severine's fantasies is having sex while under a table with another man, while her husband sits there.


* BookEnds: Starts with a carriage, ends with a carriage.

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* BookEnds: Starts with a carriage, ends with a carriage. Pierre asks Severine what she's dreaming about, and she responds, "you."


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* SleepingSingle: Pierre and Severine don't share a bed.

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Available from the Creator/TheCriterionCollection (No. 593).


''Belle de Jour'' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]. It was based on Joseph Kessel's eponymous erotic novel. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.

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''Belle de Jour'' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]. It was based on Joseph Kessel's eponymous erotic novel. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.
Creator/CatherineDeneuve.


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* ATasteOfTheLash: Severine fantasizes about being tied up and flogged on the back by two low class sorts in livery.


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* ATasteOfTheLash: Severine fantasizes about being tied up and flogged on the back by two low class sorts in livery.

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* ATasteOfTheLash: Severine fantasizes about being tied up and flogged on the back by two low class sorts in livery.


''Belle de Jour'' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.

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''Belle de Jour'' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]. It was based on Joseph Kessel's eponymous erotic novel. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.


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* EroticFilm: Based on the erotic novel by Joseph Kessel.


Séverine (Deneuve) looks outwardly like the perfect {{Housewife}}. Beautiful, demure, well-mannered and impeccably groomed, she is the very image of bourgeois propriety. In fact she is a masochist who likes to fantasize about being humiliated and treated like a sex object. On the recommendation of a friend, she acts out on these fantasies by becoming a part-time prostitute in an upscale brothel. Since she only turns tricks during her husband's business hours, she is given the moniker Belle de Jour, "daytime beauty".

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Séverine (Deneuve) looks outwardly like the perfect {{Housewife}}. Beautiful, demure, well-mannered and impeccably groomed, she is the very image of bourgeois propriety. In fact she is a masochist who likes to fantasize about being humiliated and treated like a sex object. On the recommendation of a friend, she acts out on these fantasies by becoming a part-time prostitute in an upscale brothel. Since she only turns tricks during her husband's business hours, she is given the moniker Belle de Jour, "daytime beauty".
"beauty of the day".



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* HighClassCallGirl: Séverine becomes a prostitute in a discriminating, boutique brothel.


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* NaughtyByNight: Inverted. Séverine is naughty by ''day'' (hence the title), because that's when her husband is at work.


'''''Belle de Jour''''' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.

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'''''Belle ''Belle de Jour''''' Jour'' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]]. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.


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* IndulgentFantasySegue: At least two scenes, the two scenes where Pierre is humiliating Séverine, are revealed to be her fantasies.


* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
* AllWomenArePrudes: Subverted.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Séverine is turned on by sex with her clients but has no interests in her affectionate husband.
* AllWomenArePrudes: Subverted.AllWomenAreLustful: Séverine at least clearly wants some rough sex.



* BastardBoyfriend: Marcel.



* CovertPervert: Séverine.

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* CovertPervert: Séverine.Séverine, the well-dressed, respectable housewife, who longs to be abused and humiliated, and goes to work as a prostitute.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pierre reflecting upon a wheelchair. [[spoiler:At the end of the movie, he's paraplegic.]]
* GainaxEnding: Not even Luis Bunuel [[ShrugOfGod himself was entirely sure what it meant.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Pierre reflecting upon a wheelchair. [[spoiler:At At the end of the movie, he's paraplegic.]]
paraplegic.
* GainaxEnding: Not even Luis Bunuel [[ShrugOfGod himself was entirely sure what it meant.]]]] The sound of the carriage bells, which in other scenes are associated with her sexual fantasies, implies that she is imagining the last scene.
* ILoveTheDead / IncestSubtext: The freakiest scene in the movie involves Séverine randomly meeting a stranger--not in her brothel, but when she's out and about--who invites her back to the mansion. The stranger has her dress up in a see-through robe, and then has her ''lie in a coffin''. The stranger then calls her his ''daughter'', before masturbating next to the coffin that contains a surprised Séverine.
* ImagineSpot: Some scenes are clearly Séverine's erotic fantasies, like the two scenes where her husband ties her up and sexually humiliates her, and the scene where she and Henri crawl under a table together while Pierre and Henri's wife idly chat. How much of the rest of the film is reality, and how much is Séverine's fantasies, is unclear.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: Marcel attempts this on Séverine's husband. [[spoiler:Doesn't work, and he gets killed in the process.]]

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Marcel attempts this on Séverine's husband. [[spoiler:Doesn't Doesn't work, and he gets killed in the process.]]



* SexlessMarriage
* {{Yandere}}: Marcel.

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* SexlessMarriage
SexlessMarriage: Pierre is handsome, and clearly in love with Séverine, and wants to be intimate with her. She isn't interested.
* {{Yandere}}: Marcel.
SingleIssuePsychology: One brief scene implies that Séverine was sexually abused as a child, but this is never followed up.
* StalkerWithACrush: Marcel becomes this after paying for sex with Séverine.
* ToplessnessFromTheBack: Catherine Deneuve, bringing the sexy.


'''''Belle de Jour''''' is one of the most famous films directed by Luis Bunuel. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.

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'''''Belle de Jour''''' is one of the most famous films directed by [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Bunuel.Buñuel]]. Released in 1967, it starred then-débutante Catherine Deneuve.


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