Betty (1992)



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Adapted from a novel by Georges Simenon, Betty stars Marie Trintignant in the title role. A drunken wastrel, Betty is adopted after a fashion by an older female alcoholic named Laure, played by director Claude Chabrol's wife at the time, Stéphane Audran. Fascinated by Betty's hard-luck tales, Laure endeavors to protect the younger woman from the ravages of a cruel world. Unfortunately, she turns a blind eye to Betty's larcenous streak, which manifests itself at the worst possible moments. This … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Claude Chabrol, Ixaac Paul Ackley, Heather Ayres
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On DVD: Aug 2, 2005



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Critic Reviews for Betty

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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When Simenon suggested to Chabrol that he make a film without a plot because cinema's a truly visual medium that just needs a face, Chabrol took him up and adapted the master's 'Betty,' a tale without much forward motion that's nonetheless engaging.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013

A melancholy, murky psychological drama adapted from a novel by Georges Simenon by Claude Chabrol.

Full Review… | August 2, 2005
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A truly great Chabrol, about human wreckage creating more human wreckage. Masterful characterizations, fine acting -- not your usual Chabrol, but no one else could have done it.

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