Belle Toujours

(Portugal/France, 2006, 70 minutes)

40 years after they last saw each other, an old libertine and his best friend’s wife meet for dinner to close their past for good. Whimsical “sequel” to Luís Buñuel’s 1967 classic Belle de Jour that extends the mystery of the original in its director’s usual staid, portentous style. Michel Piccoli reprises his original role in Belle de Jour, but Bulle Ogier replaces Catherine Deneuve, who was invited but declined.

A Les Films du Paradoxe release. Miguel Cadilhe and Serge Lalou present a Filbox Produções/Les Films d'Ici co-production, with financial support from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, ICAM, Centre National de la Cinématographie and RTP. Starring Michel Piccoli, Bulle Ogier, Ricardo Trêpa, Leonor Baldaque, Júlia Buisel. Directed and written by Manoel de Oliveira; produced by Miguel Cadilhe; director of photography (colour), Sabine Lancelin; production designer, Christian Marti; costume designer, Milena Canonero; film editor, Valérie Loiseleux.


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