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Betty Fisher and Other Stories

  • 2001
  • Claude Miller
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Thriller, based on a novel by Ruth Rendell, starring Sandrine Kiberlain. After the tragic death of her young son, the life of successful novelist Betty Fisher becomes intertwined with a disillusioned waitress when Betty's disturbed mother kidnaps the woman's son.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This adaptation of the Ruth Rendell novel The Tree of Hands - previously filmed in 1988 under that title - is an intriguing combination of psychological chic, lowlife graft and bourgeois irony. But unless you can accept a world in which bestselling authors accept kidnap victims as substitutes for deceased sons, abusive mothers twist reality for their own devices and conmen are left mansions by erstwhile lovers, you will spend the entire film finding holes in its tortuous logic. If, however, you surrender to the spirited performances (especially from Nicole Garcia as the unhinged mother who abducts a child for her bereaved daughter) and director Claude Miller's arch manipulations, the kooky atmosphere and unlikely contrivances will keep you interested.

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Credits

Cast

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Betty FisherSandrine Kiberlain
Margot FisherNicole Garcia
Carole NovackiMathilde Seigner
Alex BasatoEdouard Baer
EdouardStéphane Freiss
Dr Jérôme CastangRoschdy Zem
José NovackiAlexis Chatrian
Joseph FisherArthur Setbon

Crew

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DirectorClaude Miller

Details

Theatrical distributor
Optimum Releasing
Released on
2002-06-14
Languages
French
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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