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on 5 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.

There may be Spoilers if you read on.
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. It is elaborated more in the Director's cut; I originally saw the shorter version, but now have the longer one.
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).
The subsidiary characters are less detailed than the two leads, but are quite well drawn, I particularly warmed to the fun-loving, generous, but emotional Eddy and thought Zorg's rather unpleasant boss deserved what he got.
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.
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on 27 January 2014
Everybody should own this edition of the Betty Blu blu ray. Both editions of the film are on the first disc (the director's cut & the original theatrical version). The second disc is a DVD. It contains an interesting making of documentary called Blue Notes & Bungalows and Béatrice Dalle screen tests.
More importantly, the film is uncensored & it's great to have both versions on one disc. I prefer the director's cut.
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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 April 2016
Great movie full of depth and atmosphere, special moments, friendship, delicate, a feeling.. I always stop watching before things turn in the last quarter or so of the movie! It has a weird turnaround which is challenging, before that, it is just perfect, special. Next time I may watch it through to the end though as it has a lot to do with what I think the overall message is, but I won't talk too much about that here. I'm not the type to watch movies again and again, but I keep watching this. One can just sit in the atmosphere it creates. I need to read the book.
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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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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 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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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 10 August 2014
The best pressing to date of this landmark movie. Both cinema (Director's Cut 177 mins Disc 1) and DVD/VHS (Theatrical 116 mins ) versions are included along with an hour documentary and Betreace Dalle screentests on Disc 2. Class picture quality remastered to HD and stereo sound make this epic. If you're after a copy get this 2 Disc Region 0 Edition and enjoy.
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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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