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Alias Betty (2001)

Betty Fisher et autres histoires (original title)
Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

Claude Miller, Ruth Rendell (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Consuelo De Haviland ... Madame Barsky
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Martinaud
Annie Mercier Annie Mercier ... Jacqueline
Alexis Chatrian Alexis Chatrian ... Jose Novacki
Enzo Crebessegues Enzo Crebessegues ... Child
Arthur Setbon Arthur Setbon ... Joseph Fisher
Réva Rothstein Réva Rothstein ... Child
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Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's wrong, Betty accepts Jose as her new son. Meanwhile, Jose's mother Carole is looking for her son with the help of her boyfriend Francois and some of his criminal cohorts. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crimes of passion are not always between lovers.


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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,929, 15 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$206,400, 23 March 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color
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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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A Great Low Budget French Movie With Magnificent Interpretation
13 June 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Brigitte Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) is a successful writer, who adopted the pseudonym of Betty Fischer also as her real name. She is a single mother, and has just moved from New York to France with her son of about four years old to a house in the French suburb. Her mother Margot Fischer (Nicole Garcia) is a deranged woman, who lives in Spain and comes to France for some specific physical and mental exams. Betty has many traumas from her childhood due to the treatment spent by her mother. While talking with Margot in the kitchen, her son falls from the window of his second floor room and after a period in coma in a hospital, the child dies. Betty becomes very depressed and one day her mother arrives at home with a child of approximately same age as her dead grandson. She tells Betty that the boy is the son of a couple friend of her, who had traveled on vacation and asked her to take care of him. Some days later, Betty realizes through the news that her mother had indeed kidnapped the child. However, Betty is very affectionate to the boy. Meanwhile, many parallels stories happen with characters related to Betty and the child, being disclosed to the viewer. With a great screenplay and excellent interpretations, this low budget French movie is excellent. The story has many subplots, alternates drama and mystery, is amoral and not corny, the characters are very well developed and there are no clichés. I watched this movie in an American DVD called `Alias Betty', spoken in French with subtitles in English, and I highly recommended it. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): `Alias Betty' (American DVD)


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