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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 1986 (USA)
A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Zorg
Béatrice Dalle ... Betty (as Beatrice Dalle)
Gérard Darmon ... Eddy (as Gerard Darmon)
Consuelo De Haviland Consuelo De Haviland ... Lisa
Clémentine Célarié Clémentine Célarié ... Annie (as as Clementine Celarié)
Jacques Mathou ... Bob
Vincent Lindon ... Richard le jeune policier
Jean-Pierre Bisson Jean-Pierre Bisson ... Le commissaire (complete version)
Dominique Pinon ... Le dealer / Dope dealer (complete version)
Bernard Hug Bernard Hug ... (complete version)
Catherine D'At Catherine D'At
Claude Aufaure Claude Aufaure ... Le médecin
Louis Bellanti Louis Bellanti ... Mario
Dominique Besnehard ... Client pizzeria
Raoul Billerey 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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Trivia

Frédéric Andréi: When in Paris, Betty briefly goes to the rail tracks and Jules, the postman played by Frédéric Andréi in Diva (1981), also directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix, can be seen walking past her. See more »

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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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a 178 minute Director's Cut version. See more »

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La Poubelle Cuisine
Written and Performed by Le Grand Orchestre De Gabriel Yared
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Love in their madness.
7 February 2003 | by DukeEmanSee all my reviews

It was ten years ago when I saw the two hour version. Watching the director's cut was like seeing it for the first time. This version concentrated more on Jean-Hugues' character Zorg and his love and devotion to the mentally disintegrating Betty. The story takes its time, allowing us to understand Betty's illness and appreciate Zorg's erratic behaviour. The English title can be off putting because the expectations focus on the character Betty, played brilliantly by Dalle.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,383, 9 November 1986

Gross USA:

$2,016,851

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,016,851
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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