Belle toujours  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Belle Toujours is a 2006 Portuguese film directed by Manoel de Oliveira. It was Portugal's submission to the 80th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.



Severine and Henri are reunited decades after their earlier encounter in Luis Buñuel's 1967 film, Belle de Jour. Severine is reluctant to see Henri again, yet he is adamant about seeing her again. She resents that by seeing her former blackmailer she has to confront her past of adultery and prostitution. Nevertheless she is curious to know whether Henri revealed her secret life to her paralysed doctor husband as he was dying.


The film was generally well-received, it holds a 65% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Philip French writing in The Observer described the film as "caviar to the general, but an elegant treat for cinephiles." Time Out said that the film offers "a deceptive, philosophical and cautionary meditation, not only on age, appetite, pleasure, betrayal, mendacity, revenge and disillusionment but also in idle curiosity."


European Film Awards

Golden Globes (Portugal)

LUX Prize 2007

  • Best Film

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