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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.
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Cast

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Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)
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Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland ...
Lisa
Clémentine Célarié ...
Annie (as as Clementine Celarié)
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Bob
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Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson ...
Le commissaire (complete version)
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Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug ...
(complete version)
Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure ...
Le médecin
Louis Bellanti ...
Mario
Dominique Besnehard ...
Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey ...
Le vieux policier
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Storyline

Zorg is a handyman working at the seaside in France, maintaining and looking after the wooden bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. He is in love with Betty, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss, they leave and Betty finds a place to stay at her girlfriend's house. The girlfriend's lover owns an Italian restaurant and there they find a job. She is obsessed to try to get one of Zorg's books published, but it is rejected, which makes Betty fly into a rage. Suddenly, Betty's wild manners start to get out of control. Zorg sees the woman he loves slowly going insane. Is his love for Betty strong enough, if even if it comes to the worst? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£5,597 (UK) (27 February 1992)

Gross:

$2,003,822 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The color Blue appears in almost every shot throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

When Eddy's mother is lying dead on the bed, she is clearly breathing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Zorg: [voice-over] I had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms.
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Connections

Referenced in The Green Inferno (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Des Orages Pour La Nuit
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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A European Masterpiece
2 January 2003 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

A stunning film which cuts across the entire narrative range from absolute farce to ultimate tragedy. This movie sums up, for me, France; the geography (from the beaches of the Riviera to the streets of Paris)and the people (between Betty's neurotic femininity and Zorg's sullen ennui). Cannot recommend it enough. Unbelievable and shameful that "37°2 le matin" is not available on DVD........


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