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Release Date:
13 September 2002 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Crimes of passion are not always between lovers.
Plot:
Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Nothing to do with the original novel See more (26 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sandrine Kiberlain ... Betty Fisher

Nicole Garcia ... Margot Fisher

Mathilde Seigner ... Carole Novacki
Luck Mervil ... François Diembele

Edouard Baer ... Alex Basato (as Édouard Baer)

Stéphane Freiss ... Edouard

Yves Jacques ... René the Canadian

Roschdy Zem ... Dr. Jerome Castang
Consuelo De Haviland ... Madame Barsky
Yves Verhoeven ... Martinaud
Annie Mercier ... Jacqueline
Alexis Chatrian ... Jose Novacki
Enzo Crebessegues ... Child
Arthur Setbon ... Joseph Fisher
Réva Rothstein ... Child
Pascal Gomis ... Child
Fouleymata Sidibe ... Child
Michaël Abiteboul ... Milo

Samir Guesmi
Béatrice Agenin ... La maîtresse d'Alex
Virginie Emane ... Fatou

Francis Leplay
Valérie Bettencourt
Pascal Bonitzer ... Monsieur Barsky
François Roy ... Jean-Jean
Noémie Fansten
Laurent Queval
Bernard Bolzinger
Tadrina Hocking
Julie Glenn
Antoine Cormery
Louis Burlet
Nicky Marbot
Tévy Loo K
Didier Mérigou
Mustapha Chadli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agnès Gattegno

Valérie Lecomte ... The head nurse

Directed by
Claude Miller 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Miller 
Ruth Rendell  novel "The Tree of Hands"

Produced by
Claire Barrau .... executive producer
Yves Marmion .... producer
Annie Miller .... executive producer
Annie Miller .... producer
Nicole Robert .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
François Dompierre 
 
Cinematography by
Christophe Pollock 
 
Film Editing by
Véronique Lange 
 
Casting by
Frédérique Moidon 
 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Colpaert 
 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Bouchard 
 
Makeup Department
Véronique Boitout .... key hair stylist
Lucía Bretones-Méndez .... key makeup artist
Marie Luiset .... makeup artist
John Nollet .... hair stylist
Emmanuel Pitois .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Claire Barrau .... unit manager
Rémi Bergman .... unit production manager
Gilles Loutfi .... production manager
Bruno Perdrigeat .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Estelle Bellin .... assistant director
Emmanuel Murat .... third assistant director
Laure Prévost .... first assistant director
Stéphane Talagrand .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Patrick Colpaert .... set dresser
Pierre Gompertz .... first assistant decorator
Laurent Jarriau .... property master
Emmanuel Lechat .... upholsterer
Françoise Lechat .... upholsterer
Thomas Leporrier .... props
Félix Malle .... props
 
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... adr foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Martin Cazes .... assistant sound mixer
Jérôme Décarie .... sound effects editor
Phillipe Frumignac .... foley assistant
Nicolas Gagnon .... foley assistant
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Clovis Gouaillier .... assistant sound mixer
Claude La Haye .... sound
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronization
Antoine Morin .... sound effects editor
Guy Pelletier .... dialogue editor
Louis Piche .... boom operator (as Louis Piché)
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Benoit Touchette .... sound coordinator
Raymond Vermette .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Bernard Chevreul .... special effects
 
Stunts
Virginie Arnaud .... stunt double
Dominique Fouassier .... stunt double
Dan Schwarz .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jérôme Alméras .... first assistant camera
Philippe Andron .... key grip
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... electrician (as Lucilio Da Costa)
Jean-Marc Duez .... grip
Catherine Georges .... first assistant camera
Izet Kutlovac .... electrician
Romain Lacourbas .... second assistant camera
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera
Nathan Miller .... assistant camera
Christophe Pollock .... camera operator
Olivier Porchet .... second assistant camera
Olivier Regent .... gaffer
Christian Thurot .... grip
Isabelle Weingarten .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Pascale Béraud .... extras casting director
Aude Tiberghien .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christel Birot .... costumer (as Christelle Birot)
Felia Torres-Guy .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Chrystel Alépée .... assistant editor
Pierre Berlot .... color timer
Gérard Heydon .... color timer: video
Peggy Koretzky .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Martin Lizée .... music mixer
 
Other crew
Valerie Arbib .... production secretary
Stéphane Aupetit .... production assistant
Frederik Bois .... title designer
Jean Brun .... production administrator
Michel Flaesch .... animal wrangler
François Guerrar .... unit publicist
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
Yann Le Borgne .... location scout
Pierre Reyssat .... production assistant
Myriam Segall .... location scout
Stéphane Talagrand .... location scout
Martine Vergnes .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Betty Fisher et autres histoires" - France (original title)
"Betty Fisher and Other Stories" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-15 | France:U | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene in which Alex goes to the bookshelf and pulls down a book in which some money is hidden, all the books on that shelf are by Ruth Rendell, who wrote the book this film was based on. The cover of the French version of that book, entitled 'Jeux des Mains', is prominently displayed when he pulls down the book.See more »
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Version of Innocent Victim (1989)See more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Nothing to do with the original novel, 14 October 2002
Author: jotix100 from New York

I can now understand why authors feel leery about letting screenwriters adapt a novel. First of all, a full length novel doesn't translate well to the screen. There are too many nuances and too many details, that trying to do them all, will humble the most talented scribe.

Take the case of the novel in which this film is based. The Tree of Hands by the magnificent British master of suspense, Ruth Rendell. The adaptation has nothing to do with the brilliant narrative she gave us with this novel. If anyone wants to see the best adaptation of a Rendell book, I would recommend to see Claude Chabrol's, "La Ceremonie".

Not only was that a superior film, but it reveals the essence of the book with little effort.

The problem with "Alias Betty" is Mr Miller's scenario. He has changed the basic premise of the book into something else. Now, don't get me wrong, it is a better film than some of the mediocrity coming from France lately.

The big problem is with the character of the mother. Nicole Garcia is out of her range here. Not only that, one never understands what's wrong with her, even though she appears to be schizophrenic. She's a loose cannon up to no good. In the novel she's even more so.

Betty is ambiguously played by Sandrine Kiberlain, which in a way, suits the character better. She is the only sane person around, even though she is unable to control the mother.

The minor side plots add to the story, but everything at the end is resolved so easily that one wonders if anything like that is possible in life. The films end in an upbeat note, even though it has nothing to do with the original novel.

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