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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)
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Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland ...
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)  »

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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

When Betty throws the pink house paint on the man's car, first it's only on one side of the hood of the vehicle, we switch perspective and return, then it's on both sides of the hood. See more »

Goofs

After 30 minutes Betty throws Zorg's boss from the porch. She wears only a shirt, her bottom part is clearly nude. She goes inside and starts throwing things out of the window. Then she wears a slip 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 Peep Show: Sectioning (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Coucher De Soleil Accroché Dans Les Arbres
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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A kind, loving handyman and aspiring writer falls for a beautiful manic depressive and -- despite his gargantuan efforts -- can't help the love of his life exist in his world.
20 January 1999 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Zorg, a shy, happy-go-lucky handyman and aspiring writer (Jean-Hughes Anglade) falls in love with Betty, a beautiful, free-spirited young woman (Beatrice Dalle). Betty has trouble with authority and tends to get reckless and sometimes violent when provoked. Zorg finds her manic behavior and cavalier demeanor refreshing as she brings him out of his shell. After Zorg's slum lord boss voices too many demands Betty tosses everything out of the house and then torches it. Even this exhibition of arson doesn't phase Zorg as they take off to seek a better life. As the story progresses, Zorg falls deeper in love with Betty and dismisses her increasingly bizarre behavior as quirky. Eventually, an event sets off a time bomb in Betty, and any doubts about her insanity are laid to rest.

37.2 le matin (Betty Blue) is simultaneously an entertaining "slice-of-life" romp, and a sad tragedy. This visually enticing film is perhaps the finest from Jean-Jacques Beineix.


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