Video Release: January 17, 2012
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: Criterion Collection
- Runtime: 100 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in French
Catherine Deneuve was never more beautiful or more compelling than she is in this surrealistic film about one woman's foray into masochism and prostitution. Parisian STverine is married to a young doctor and loves him deeply, but not sensually. Her fantasy life is rich in sexually masochistic daydreams and when STverine hears that a friend devotes part of her day to working in a bordello, it stirs a desire in STverine to do the same. She joins a group of women in a bourgeois house and encounters a number of men in imaginative situations. Since STverine is home every day by 5 o'clock, her husband knows nothing of her secret. However, the situation turns ugly when one of STverine's steady customers, a handsome mod gangster, falls seriously in love with her and insists that she leave her husband.
An exquisite tale of self-discovery and tragic passion, Luis Bunuel's Golden Lion Award-winning drama chronicles a French housewife's awakening passions as she spends her days living out her fantasies in a brothel and her nights in the arms of her loving husband. Based on Joseph Kessel's 1928 novel, this acclaimed film had been unseen in the U.S. since the 1970's.
The 1995 re-release was presented by Martin Scorsese and Miramax Zod. Director Luis Bu±uel's first color film. Catherine Deneuve's costumes are by Yves Saint Laurent. Additional cast: Muni (Pallas) and Iska Khan (Customer). Additional credits: Henri Baum (production manager), Janine Jarreau (makeup), and Hene Nourry (wardrobe).