Luis Buñuel's 1969 classic w/ Catherine Deneuve as a bored housewife who becomes a call girl.
Belle de Jour (1969)LACMA (5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA) Map it $9
What do women want? Belle de Jour, Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel's answer to Sigmund Freud's $64,000 question, is as icily beautiful and teasingly withholding as its star, Catherine Deneuve, resplendent in one of Yves Saint Laurent's many BCBG ensembles. Yes, but what do women really want, besides haute couture? Look into their fantasy lives, says Buñuel taut Freud, and behind the bored bourgeois trophy wife you'll find a happy hooker and eager masochist. However, Deneuve's Séverine is no Sadean naïf and Buñuel is no textbook Freudian. Like the unseen contents of the mysterious box presented to her by a client, Séverine's fantasies of being defiled are but one piece of a puzzle whose sum total the film never fully reveals.