The ByTowne has closed, but has re-opened temporarily to present "The Best Of The ByTowne"
February 26 to March 7

For a schedule of films in the series, click here.

As at Sunday, February 28th, all shows are SOLD OUT.

Some returned tickets may become available; check this link.   Thank you, Ottawa!

Belle de Jour

Must See Cinema! New 4K restoration of Luis Buñuel’s classic film!

Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello.

Poster for the Luis Bunuel classic Belle de jour, starring Catherine DeneuveThis surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from legendary provocateur Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (for both its characters and its viewers), as well as a gently absurdist take on contemporary social mores and class divisions. Fantasy and reality co-mingle in this burst of cinematic transgression, which was one of Buñuel’s biggest hits.

– Janus Films

Séverine et Pierre forment un jeune couple apparemment sans histoires. En fait, Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) est en proie à des fantasmes tenaces et déstabilisants, reflets de sa frustration sexuelle. Un jour, la jeune femme apprend l’existence de la « maison de madame Anaïs », un bordel de luxe. Poussée par quelque étrange pulsion, elle contacte madame Anaïs et devient une pensionnaire assidue de sa maison. Elle y travaille de 14 à 17 heures, ce qui lui vaut le surnom de « Belle de jour ». L’effet thérapeutique de cette activité clandestine se fait peu à peu sentir...

– Louis Guichard, Télérama


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