Belle Toujours

Portugal, France


Manoel de Oliveria takes two of the strange characters from the film BELLE DE JOUR, and makes them re-live, thirty-eight years later, in the strangeness of a secret which was only in the possession of the masculine character and a knowledge that had become crucial to the female character.
Thus, passed this time, they meet again. She tries to avoid him by all means. But he stalks her and eventually manages to gain her attention with the intention of revealing the secret that he alone can unfold. They set a meeting, a dinner, where she expects that all will be revealed. During dinner, she, now a widow, awaits the expected revelation: what he had told her husband while he was mute and paralytic because of a gunshot wound fired by a lover of hers. The situation is tense and she ends up in despair without being able to find out what in truth happened. He is satisfied in his sadism and in his particular revenge from the ways of that woman, who deep down desired him but whose haughty ways never allowed him to possess her.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Manoel de Oliveira

Written by: Manoel de Oliveira

Cinematography: Sabine Lancelin

Cast: Michel Piccoli (Husson), Bulle Ogier (Severine)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Actor 2007
  • Feature Film Selection 2007