In “Belle de Jour”, prostitution is romanticized. It is seen from a perspective that does not exploit women’s sexuality but instead features the way they find to achieve their inner desires.
The reasons behind the choice of someone becoming a prostitute are various. The most common answer is money, but, as seen in Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1967), it can be more complex – like a discovery of self-pleasure. However, the director Gregg Araki introduces a darker reason in Mysterious Skin (2004), which sometimes can be hard to watch.