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Betty (1992)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 1993 (USA)
A drunken self-destructive woman called Betty wanders through bars and meets a man that drives her to a restaurant outside Paris called Le Trou (The Hole). She meets the middle-aged ... See full summary »

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Claude Chabrol

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Claude Chabrol (adaptation), Claude Chabrol (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Trintignant ... Betty Etamble
Stéphane Audran ... Laure
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Mario
Yves Lambrecht Yves Lambrecht ... Guy Etamble
Christiane Minazzoli Christiane Minazzoli ... Madame Etamble
Pierre Vernier Pierre Vernier ... Le médecin
Nathalie Kousnetzoff Nathalie Kousnetzoff ... Odile
Pierre Martot Pierre Martot ... Frédéric
Thomas Chabrol ... Schwartz
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Philippe
Henri Attal Henri Attal
Coco Bakonyi Coco Bakonyi
Emmanuelle Bataille Emmanuelle Bataille
Antoine Blanquefort Antoine Blanquefort
Mélanie Blatt Mélanie Blatt ... Thérèse
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A drunken self-destructive woman called Betty wanders through bars and meets a man that drives her to a restaurant outside Paris called Le Trou (The Hole). She meets the middle-aged alcoholic Laure from Lyon, who is the lover of the Le Trou's owner Mario. Laure decides to take care of Betty and brings her to the room next-door in her hotel. Along the days, Betty tells the story of her bourgeois life and her unhappy marriage to Laure and also recalls moments of her promiscuous life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty - Uma Mulher sem Passado See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The last film that director Claude Chabrol and actress, and former spouse, Stéphane Audran would work together on. See more »

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Referenced in Cinéma! Cinéma! The French New Wave (1992) See more »

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Cold days in Versailles
31 October 2007 | by Bob TaylorSee all my reviews

I am surprised, and a little dismayed, at how cold and passionless this adaptation of a Simenon book is. I haven't read Betty, but those works of Simenon I am familiar with don't make me reach for the thermostat the way Chabrol's film does. La veuve Couderc, Maigret et l'affaire St-Fiacre, Monsieur Hire, to name just three, have an engagement with life that is sorely lacking in this trifle. Why tell the story in fragmented style, à la Memento or Amores perros, when a straightforward sequential narration would do fine? Why use a character just to describe Betty's emotional states when we can guess at these from the visual evidence? Marie Trintignant conveys Betty's vapid, eager-to-please behaviour very well. Booze does blunt the emotions, increase or decrease aggression, make one sexually irresponsible just as we see on screen. Stéphane Audran as Laure drinks almost as much as Betty, but cannot forget she has feelings, is capable of compassion. Chabrol concentrates on satirizing the bourgeois family to the exclusion of practically everything else in the story.


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