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Betty Blue (1986)

37°2 le matin (original title)
Not Rated | | 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

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 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty Blue See more »

Filming Locations:

Gruissan, Aude, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,383, 9 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,003,822
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The color Blue appears in almost every shot throughout the film. 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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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Rocky IV (1985) See more »

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Cargo Voyage
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 Keltic-2See 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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