372 le Matin / Betty Blue (1986)

Starring: Beatrice Dalle, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Gérard Darmon,  Consuelo de Havilland, Clémentine Célarié, Vincent Lindon

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix

R. 121mins.

A passionate love story that is poorly executed – Betty Blue, much like the title character, is it’s own worst enemy. In her first acting role, model Beatrice Dalle is a revelation and commits herself to the part which is really the only reason to watch this odd French tale. The story begins when Betty (Dalle), an aggressive and sexual free spirit falls in love with Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a repairman who wishes to be a writer. Betty loves Zorg and encourages his passion for writing. As their love grows more intense, Betty’s mental and emotional instabilities become even more apparent until the lovers tale ends with a shocking conclusion. Explosive and erotic, “unique” hardly sums up this demented love story. This film has all the sensuality that France is known for with a darker twist. Dalle is devastating in the lead role and while the film has many flaws, her performance illustrates the beauty within tragedy – * * *

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