Betty Blue

Betty Blue

Jean-Jacques Beineix (1992)

184min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Blessed with a beautiful score by Gabriel Yared, this is the finest example of the type of French film known, rather snipingly, as cinéma du look. But the usual accusation of all style and no content simply can't be aimed at this Oscar-nominated return to form by Jean-Jacques Beineix after the ghastly Moon in the Gutter. The tragic relationship of Betty and Zorg is every bit as compelling as it is chic. Béatrice Dalle is unbelievably vibrant as the waitress living on the edge of her passions, and Jean-Hugues Anglade does well to keep up as the would-be novelist coping with her exhilarating highs and destructive lows. This version contains 60 minutes of extra footage.

Summary

A struggling author working as a handyman falls in love with a mysterious, free-spirited woman who provides fresh inspiration for his writing. However, as her behaviour grows increasingly unpredictable, he begins to realise she is going insane. Extended version of the romantic drama based on Philippe Djian's novel 37°2 le matin, starring Beatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade. In French.

Cast & Crew

Betty Béatrice Dalle
Zorg Jean-Hugues Anglade
Lisa Consuelo de Haviland
Eddy Gérard Darmon
Annie Clémentine Célarié
Bob Jacques Mathou
Zorg's boss Claude Confortes
Publisher Philippe Laudenbach
Policeman Vincent Lindon
Old policeman Raoul Billerey
Doctor Claude Aufaure
Old Georges André Julien
Director Jean-Jacques Beineix
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama