A famous reporter, Joseph Kessel is an emblematic figure of the Sixties. His novel, which takes place in 1923 when surrealism was just emerging, recounts the wanderings of a bourgeois woman who prostitutes herself in brothels. Luis Buñuel had the idea of adapting it to the current times, without costumes.
Luis Buñuel came from a traditional bourgeois family. Belle de Jour is a film about the bourgeoisie, filmed in a city where all the social classes are represented: Paris. The film director poses the question: What is the bourgeoisie in Paris today? Although the film is set in a closed space, the Paris setting also has its importance.
La Belle de Jour (daylily) only flowers during the day. Séverine Sérizy, the young bourgeois woman embodied by Catherine Deneuve, only offers her charms between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the brothel of Madame Anaïs.