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Betty Blue [Blu-ray] [1986] [US Import]
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2007
I adore this film, and watch it again and again and again...

It is compelling, if not compulsive, viewing.

It is beautiful, powerful, sensitive, moving and totally addictive.

It is quite possibly the best film that has ever been made.

It is...Betty Blue...a classic...a one off...incomparable...unequalled...perfect in every way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2009
This is a French film of Shakespearean proportions. It runs for nearly 3 hours, and is almost three films in one, following a young couple through three distinct locations, the first quite surreal; and meeting some great characters on the way. Pathos and humour it has, but be warned it is quite dark in places. It is well known for having the longest sex scene opening of any film, though this is not gratuitous in any sense.
I have watched this film twice, once shortly after release, and enjoyed it both times. It stands up well, and proves once more that the French film industry is leaps and bounds ahead, in my opinion!
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on 2 February 2010
I hardly noticed the nudity the first time I saw this film because the story is completely absorbing. The second time I had to agree, there is a lot of Zorg and Betty on view, but it is acted in such an un-selfconcious way that it seems completely natural, this pair are passionately in love, completely absorbed in each other. The film charts Betty's deterioration from free-spirited extrovert, with a tendency to over-react to situations, to self-harming introvert Zorg can no longer reach. Actually, it isn't so much about Betty, as about the effect this has on Zorg. Neither is it a film about mental illness, as we, like Zorg, never find out what she is suffering from. The change in Betty is not linear, at times she is happy, stable and loving, everything seems to be going well; which makes the end almost unutterably sad. (I hope that isn't too much of a spoiler.) I think the final breakdown is triggered because she really wants a stable life and a family, then finds she can't have a baby: so this happy life is not to be for her. That isn't really explained very well in the film, perhaps it's only weakness, as you do find yourself yelling Why? Why? Why? at her sometimes (perhaps it is elaborated more in the Director's cut, but I saw the shorter version).
Parallel to this story is that Betty encourages Zorg to write. She believes in him and tries everything she can to get his writing published. At the end he is published, but too late for her to know, and is writing another book (and talking to her as the cat, very poignant).
This film looks amazing, but it is not "look" at the expense of content. Is quite rightly a classic.
Nothing more to add except to say that the English dubbing is poor, so watch and listen to it in French and read the subtitles, in fact watch it twice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2009
The viewer gets an early glimpse of Betty's psyche when her way of telling her boyfriend she wants to move is by burning down the house. Tragic, beautiful, complicated yet simple, many words describe Betty Blue but few really truly encapsulate the essence of her character. Ultimately doomed, the film depicts her slow and very real descent into her own personal hell.

This film has laugh out loud moments woven around a tragic story. The camerawork is sublime and there is not a bad actor in it. French film making at it's best. A true classic.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 January 2012
It's funny, on an 'objective' level this is a weaker film than
Beineix's 'Diva'. Indulgent (3 hours long!), with a sometimes uneasy
mix of comedy and dark drama, some over the top acting and a few scenes
that make no sense at all (the robbery?!?). Plus a climax that's a
painfully obvious steal from another film.

You could also make a good argument that the film's view of women is
retrograde; they're crazy muses that help us to find the really
important thing, ourselves. Then we can get along without them.

Certainly critics are much more mixed on this then on the seminal
'Diva'.

Yet for all that, I actually enjoyed this more than 'Diva'. There were
more moments when I got caught up in the story, in the way the images
and music and emotion interacted, and I appreciated that it lacked
'Diva's self-satisfied, self-referential 'cool'.

Not a great film, but an honest attempt to explore both the madness of
love, and madness in love. (And, yes, all the hot sex and nudity is fun
too.). My rating is probably too high, but damn it, images, moments
and emotions just keep sticking with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2009
There is not much to add to the other reviews. The movie is excellent, actors play naturally, the nude scenes are also very natural, the violent scenes are not extreme. It is a trip in the meandre of human minds, without the pretest of sending out a message or providing an answer. It leaves freedom to the viewer to feel and think. Besides, it is timeless. Recommended to all.
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on 27 April 2014
I would just like to say I came across this film by accident on Amazon, read the reviews and bought it, no regrets at all.

I would describe it as world cinema / art-house with a black humour content that I found very funny at times, alas the last 20 minutes is both sad and poignant as Betty descends into madness.

There is adult content to the film mainly at the start, but almost as if the director wished to get it out of the way and then deal with the story proper.

I really must stress that I found this film very entertaining , mainly due to the unexpected comical turns the story took, almost to the point of farce, Betty does some very laugh out loud things, which I wouldn't like to say so as to not spoil the surprises for you.

Finally I would just add that I am annoyed that I didn't know of this film before, as it is excellent.
I hope I have helped you.
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on 21 November 2013
There are three films that I rate as all time favourites and this is one of them. It is perfect. It takes you there. it takes you up and down an emotional roller coaster, takes you across country with believable characters and makes you just glad that you watched it over and over again, every once in a while. Definitely get this version though, not the other.
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on 28 June 2011
The 1986 French film Betty Blue with English subtitles. Starring Jeanes Hugues Anglade (Zorg) and Beatrice Dalle (Betty). This film is about passionate lovers Zorg and Betty and the plot has comedic and tragic elements, with a fantastic sound track by Gabriel Yared and beautiful photography. This film is not to be missed.
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on 21 May 2013
Excellent copy,arrived quickly,generous price. If you like French films,in that typical French film style,then buy this,and be swept along by the untypical,heart warming and harrowing story,that'll have you watching it again and again. Excellent soundtrack too! Would recommend it 110%!
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