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Member Pick: Belle de Jour (1968)

Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Geneviève Page, Jean Sorel, Director: Luis Buñuel Genre(s): Drama Language: French Rating: R

Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen. December's pick was made by moxie member Sally Baird. "When my husband Rob and I were students at Mizzou, we heard about a new arts cinema," says Sally. "We went post haste and the film that was showing was Belle de Jour. It was a revelation of what film could be. It was in French, racy and totally unlike any movie we had seen." Synopsis: Beautiful young housewife Séverine Serizy (Catherine Deneuve) cannot reconcile her masochistic fantasies with her everyday life alongside dutiful husband Pierre (Jean Sorel). When her lovestruck friend Henri (Michel Piccoli) mentions a secretive high-class brothel run by Madame Anais (Genevieve Page), Séverine begins to work there during the day under the name Belle de Jour. But when one of her clients (Pierre Clémenti) grows possessive, she must try to go back to her normal life.

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