Director: Luis Buñuel / Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Geneviève Page etc. / Year of Production: 1967 / Coutries: France, Italy / Runtime: 101 min. / Language: French, Spanish / Subtitles: Czech, English / 15+
The charming Séverinne (Catherine Deneuve), the at first glance devoted wife of the affluent surgeon Pierre, is without a doubt one of the ten most mysterious characters in cinematic history. Director Luis Buñuel and co-screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere made her the iconic protagonist of their caustic erotic satire of the hypocrisy of an egocentric bourgeoisie pretending to live a moral life. A frustrated frigid beauty with a clear sense of guilt at not being able to live up to the social role assigned to her, Séverinne succumbs without hesitation to the lure of a double life. In fragments of reality, imagination, and dreams, her life plays out between dull domesticity and a career as a high-class prostitute. KVIFF Classics presents this famous film, which many know but few have seen on the big screen, in a 4K restored version.