2007 Official Oscar Selection from Portugal for Best Foreign Language Film
BELLE TOUJOURS is master filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira's ingenious tribute to two cinematic greats, Luis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière. A sequel to Buñuel's BELLE DE JOUR, his film reunites the two main characters thirty-eight years later in Paris. Michel Piccoli is again cast as the acrimonious Henri, the keeper of the one secret Séverine is desperate to discover. Catherine Deneuve's performance in the original film as Séverine, the frigid young wife with secret fantasies of being ravaged and dominated, was exquisitely nuanced. Now, Henri is disgusted when the "new" Séverine tells him she wishes to retreat to a convent. Further referencing Buñuel and Carrière - who cast two actresses as Conchita in THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE - de Oliveira casts Bulle Ogier to play Deneuve's unforgettable role (her blonde wig provides a hilarious touch). — Diana Sanchez, Toronto Film Festival. Official Selection, 2006 Venice, Toronto Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Manoel de Oliveira, PROD Miguel Cadilhe. Portugal, 2006, color, 70 min. In French with English subtitles.
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