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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Consuelo De Haviland ...
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Richard le jeune policier
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Le commissaire (complete version)
Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
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Dominique Besnehard ...
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Zorg is a handyman working at in France, maintaining and looking after the bungalows. He lives a quiet and peaceful life, working diligently and writing in his spare time. One day Betty walks into his life, a young woman who is as beautiful as she is wild and unpredictable. After a dispute with Zorg's boss they leave and Betty manages to get a job at a restaurant. She persuades Zorg to try and get one of his 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. Can his love prevail even if it comes to the worst? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Betty Blue  »

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Opening Weekend:

$2,438 (USA) (12 June 2009)


$2,003,822 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frédéric Andréi: When in Paris, Betty briefly goes to the rail tracks and Jules, the postman played by Frédéric Andréi in Diva, also directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, can be seen walking past her. See more »


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


[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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Referenced in The Green Inferno (2013) See more »


37°2 Le Matin
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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A visual treat and an epic tale not to be missed
16 February 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Betty of the title is like a shooting star; she runs hot and bright, but she's burning up. _Betty Blue_ chronicles a torrid affair between a waitress and a handyman, initially in a broken down seaside resort. Betty is both passionate and unstable, almost childlike, and initially it is outsiders who bear the brunt of her anger - the piggish owner of the seaside bungalows, for example, or the playboy publisher who rejects Zorg's novel.

However, as Betty becomes more unstable and begins her descent into insanity, this rage is increasingly turned inward into self-punishing and self-mutilating actions. The same intensity that drives her sexuality and her love for Zorg is, ultimately, her downfall.

Over the course of the movie, which is quite long (I saw the 178 minute director's cut), Zorg goes to increasingly frantic lengths both to please Betty and to protect her from herself. In this regard, certainly, Betty and Zorg are almost identical, both going to extremes, in their own ways, to defend their relationship from outside interference.

As well as providing a narrative that may be read and interpreted on several levels, _Betty Blue_ is an exceptionally beautiful film in terms of cinematography and mise en scene. Colour is used to breathtaking effect - the blue floors of the piano shop, the yellow car, the yellow lighting which makes it seem as though, regardless of time, it's always afternoon twilight. Landscapes, city scenes, interiors are all set up and filmed beautifully.

A tale of love, sex and obsession not to be missed.

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