In this intimate portrayal of obsessive love, Betty's fantasy world encroaches on her reality as she slowly spirals out of control. From director Jean-Jacques Beineix (Diva), this French cult classic includes an all-new interview with the director by Tim Rhys of MovieMaker Magazine about his films and his career. An international smash when it was released in 1986, Betty Blue hypnotizes audiences with its uninhibited sexuality and all-consuming vision of amour fou that defined youthful passion for an entire generation.
A French cult classic, Betty Blue (372 le matin) was an international
smash when released in 1986. Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix
(Diva) and featuring an indelible screen debut by Beatrice Dalle, Betty Blue
hypnotized audiences with its uninhibited sexuality and all-consuming vision
of amour fou that defined youthful passion for an entire generation.
An intimate portrayal of obsessive love, Betty Blue is the story of
Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), an aspiring novelist who gets by as
a handyman and Betty (Dalle), a beautiful, unpredictable temptress
who turns his life upside down. As Betty's mental state turns dark,
Zorg desperately attempts to comfort her. Even when ensconced in a
dreamy rural town, Betty's fantasy world encroaches on her reality as
she slowly spirals out of control.
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Tomas (Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis -- "Gangs of New York," "My Left Foot") is a doctor and a lady's man in Czechoslovakia during the late 1960s. Although he already has a sophisticated lover, Sabina (Oscar-nominee Lina Olin -- "Chocolat," "Hollywood Homicide"), he becomes smitten with a bookish country girl named Tereza (Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche -- "The English Patient," "Chocolat"), and the two begin a relationship. Sabina eventually learns to accept this other relationship, and the two women find themselves forming a deep friendship. However, the lovers triangle find themselves caught up in the political events of the "Prague Spring" of 1968, and as the Soviet tanks roll in to crush the non-violent rebellion, their lives are forever changed. Written and directed by Oscar-nominee Philip Kaufman ("Twisted," "The Right Stuff").
A young doctor's quest for sex and his stumbling into love are part of the rich storyline of this lyrical film from the landmark Milan Kundera novel.
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