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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 21 May 2014
Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue is a kind of cult film of the eighties and as such above criticism, and its reputation is not hard to understand. It is a full-on love affair between Zorg and Betty, much of which is conducted in the nude, a state which both the actors pull off very well. The images are very composed, with every nuance of colour and lighting thought out to the last detail. Many of the shots look like the postcards of that era of sunsets, or rooms lit through filters. As if on cue, the sax then plays ... or a piano. However it is hard to escape a feeling of thinness, of style over substance. The performances are very good, particularly the two leads, but it grafts Betty's descent into madness onto a candy backdrop of pure fantasy, with three scene changes: from beach to Paris to mountain town. No obvious source of income is shown except about two pianos sold, and no sense of a social context. It just goes from one idea for a scene to the next, occasionally using another couple, but largely sticking to Zorg and Betty.

It would probably help if the spaces the film creates were appealing, but I have to say I didn't find them so. To others, they may work in the fairytale way intended. As for Béatrice Dalle, she does have something unique, sashaying across the beach in a dress that looks more like a skimpy apron, which remarkably preserves her modesty while sailing as close to the wind as any garment can. Her face has a prettiness that lends itelf to pouting sexiness, and she is more engaging than Isabelle Adjani in a similarly under-dressed, unstable role in One Deadly Summer of 3 years earlier. For people who respond to her magnetism, the film cannot fail; Jean-Hugues Anglade impressed me more for conveying the feeling of really being in love, especially in the latter stages; he gives the film a certain nobility. He's also brave to agree to so much full-frontal nudity, which seems justified by the characters. His dressing up in drag also seems like a throwback to Dressed To Kill, partly because it feels so arbitrary. Why that disguise in particular? But the film is not about asking questions; it's about feeling the vibe and appreciating Dalle as a brunette bombshell, mainly.
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on 2 December 2013
Wow, what to say? Brilliant masterpiece of french cinema. Love story, sexuality, romance, tragedy in one film. The longer version, director's cut, is smoothly watchable till end, in spite is three hours long.
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on 19 September 2016
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on 28 May 2009
Hollywood films are replete with violence and death,but human sexuality and nudity is basically taboo.One reason "Betty Blue" has a cult status is because of the lashings of nudity,male and female,scattered through the film.For some odd reason,les anglosaxons got all worked up by this,so don't watch this if you're easily offended.You'll see why in the first few minutes,as the film starts with a very realistic-looking sex scene.
It isn't porn by any means,the nudity and sexual scenes are frank but not sleazy.The story of the film is basically the rise and fall of a relationship between a man and a woman,and the concurrent collapse of the woman's mental health.The only other film I've seen that deals with the theme of psychotic breakdown is Polanski's "Repulsion",which,unlike this,uses the subject as a theme for a horror film."Betty Blue" shows that mental illness attacks pretty young women who have a seemingly happy life.
Great photography and music,and great acting from Beatrice Dalle and the rest of the cast.Well worth a watch.
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VINE VOICEon 1 January 2006
"Betty Blue" is never less than captivating from start to finish. The film is a love story about two misfits who become soul mates; Zorg is an unambitious handyman with ambitions to become a writer, while Betty is a beautiful , but mentally disturbed waitress with a violent streak. Their love affair develops as they move from the coast first to Paris and then to a village in the mountains. The acting and characterisation is superb as is the storyline and cinematography . "Betty Blue" captures the essence of the roller coaster ride of deep obsessional love ; the powerful sense of profound vitality and purpose mixed with anxiety and despair at the prospect of it's loss. My only criticism of the film would be that I thought it was a little overlong at three hours, although it was never boring, and the end was a bit harrowing too. "Betty Blue" was groundbreaking in its day with regards to the copious amount of nudity and the ,ammm, very realistic sex scenes displayed in the film. So don't watch it you find that offensive.
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on 22 July 2007
37.2 Le Matin(Betty Blue) is a brilliant piece of work. Jean-Huhues Anglades' natural performance as Zorg in this easy going - take life as it comes story line makes you want to see more of him. To see someone you love violently erode away is painful and Robins' beautiful camera work with the slow tracking makes the visual experience stimulating. The slow pace of this tale of love and friendship is no cause of concern. Very French, the nudity is handled beautifully. The subtle use of the color yellow is interesting. The film makes you want to be free to live a life of impulse and simplicity. A must watch for the film aficionado.
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on 30 May 2014
I had forgotten just how wonderful this film and soundtrack was especially in this Blu-Ray edition, the music by Gabriel Yared is fantastic and seems to fit the film beautifully. I watched the Directors Cut first and I cant believe just how effortlessly 3 hours passed by. I think I might just go into the kitchen and make some Chili in the hope that Beatrice Dalle might just drop in! If you like this film this is version that you should get.
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on 2 June 2003
Very rarely can one call a film perfect, but the moving story of 'Betty Blue' is perhaps an exception. In this essentially chracter-driven film, the plot is simple enough: Beatrice Dalle plays the role of the young, beautiful and (so it emerges) mentally ill Betty, who determines to get her lover Zorg's (Jean-Hughes Anglade) long-forgotten manuscript published. The film explores the apparent simplicities and emotional complexities of the passionate love that binds Zorg and Betty to one another. Masterfully directed by Jean-Jacques Beneix, and with an unforgettable score by Gabriel Yared, Betty Blue is a modern masterpiece of the French cinema.
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on 15 January 2014
This is the first world cinema film I saw, so maybe I'm a bit biased.
But it's such a great film, stunningly filmed, perfect music, great story. Just as film should be.
With this added documentary it adds extra small details to fill in small caps.
Buy watch enjoy
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on 16 March 2008
A true French classic and one of my favourite films of all time. It depicts a story of a woman whose life seems to be tormented by invisible demons, and the man who loves her. She comes into his life like a whirlwind, challenging him to become the writer he's always wanted to be. Everything she does is with such passion and aggression.

But her increasingly aberrant behaviour means that, after attacking his boss and causing such mayhem, they have to up and leave quickly. A pattern that continues as Betty is always unsatisfied, always chasing something.

Things become more desperate as she spirals into a deranged world, so much so that Zorg has to think of how he can finally save the woman he loves from more pain.

There are many amazing stand out scenes in this film. In one, Zorg is standing naked playing with a frankfurter! For lovers of French cinema, I cannot recommend this film enough. But then, if you love French cinema, you will probably already know this as a classic.
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