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372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning) (1986)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue stars Béatrice Dalle as the title character, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds Zorg's book and is aggressively supportive; over time, her mental and emotional instability begin to catch up with her and drive her to the point of romantic

Oct 12, 2004

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A playful, meandering, somewhat confusing tale that hangs together as a portrait of demented love.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If Betty Blue feasts on the bodies of its leads, it's this director's cut that fully establishes the movie's artistic bona fides.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Curvy, ripe Dalle, only 21 at the time and in her first screen role, completely commits to the part.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The movie was colorful and swirling and oppressive all at once, and in 1991, Beineix recut it not to slim it down but to add a florid third hour.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Dalle, a model, makes a moving debut as the desperate baby-doll who fails to mold reality to her own conceptions of happiness. Anglade is more introvertedly affecting as the lucidly casual, but devoted Zorg.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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If Betty Blue teaches us anything -- and there's a good chance it doesn't -- it's that life is full of little mysteries.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Flows in a lambent pop style, warm to the touch and scarily intimate

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

There can be beauty in tragedy, particularly when the key ingredient is the same in both

October 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Rarely seen in this country in the intervening 23 years, Dalle gives one of the all-time-great performances as Betty.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's a passionate love story executed in a dull fashion.

June 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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Beinex's Oscar-nominated, quintessentially French amour fou tells of a love relationship that descends into madness, splendidly played by Dalle as the free-spirited troubled femme; one scene of self-inflicted violence is truly tough to watch.

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Occasionally drags and meanders, but it boasts an impressive visual style and a radiant, charismatic performance by the ultra-sexy Béatrice Dalle.

June 17, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Expanded to its intended length, the movie feels not like a failed narrative hastily washed in luridness but a purposefully meandering allegory of artistic frustration.

June 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The best thing about the film is the pouty, 21-year-old Dalle.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

If Dalle never made anything of note again -- and she didn't -- then this alone would be enough to stake her claim as an icon of late 20th century cinema.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Beineix's film is awash with the humour and cool of his debut, Diva, but lacks the cohesion to sustain its weighty ambition.

June 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Devastating.

October 25, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

Beineix's villagescapes and countryside vistas are hard to resist, and the dichotomy of a stone cold looney prancing around them only makes the tableau more curiously complete

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Centers on the difficulties of living with a sexually free spirit.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for 372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)

A part-time writer, full-time handyman falls for a effervescent but troubled woman.
Jean-Hugues Anglade shines in this French classic with a passionate, exposing performance. I wish I could say the same for Beatrice Daile who was handed a gem of a role, but she doesn't capture Betty's life, her spirit, the magic quality needed to justify Zorg putting up with her antics. If Betty Blue were Garden State and Natalie Portman's character burned down Zach Braff's house or threw all his stuff onto the lawn, we'd still understand why he'd stay with her because of her charm and wit and the excited feeling one gets from being in the presence of someone like that. Such is not the case with Daile's Betty.
I liked the film for what it tried to be more than for what it was. Betty Blue is about those relationships that send our lives into tumult but show us ways of being happy that we'd never imagined before. Yes, it descends into traditional definitions of happiness, like procreation and idyllic homes in the south of France, but there are uncommon challenges like Betty pushing Zorg out of his stagnant handyman existence.
The conclusion of the film made a twisted kind of sense, and it's only Anglade's performance that kept it from being too twisted to be sensible.
Overall, Betty Blue isn't a great film, but it tries hard enough, and I can't help thinking what another actress could have done with Betty.
July 23, 2012
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Jim Hunter

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An almost dream-like love story of passion and tragedy, Betty Blue is haunting in it's beauty and heartbreaking in its revelation of what it means to truly love someone. It's very of it's time but it's also timeless, if that makes any sense at all. The acting is great and the cinematography is beautiful, It is a little naughty in places but it shouldn't be seen only for its saucy reputation, it is a long film but it never drags and to be honest, it would have been lazy not to have given it the three hours it deserves. Betty Blue is something very special indeed, seeing so many off the cuff and impertinent remarks about 'Typical Art-house French films' angers me somewhat, don't be so bloody ignorant and if three hours is too long for you, there is plenty of crap out there for you. Grrr. Anyway, rant over, if this sounds like your kind of film, don't hesitate and watch it now, if it doesn't, why are we friends again?
April 11, 2011
SirPant

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Singular and extravagant characters driven by their most basic instincts. living love, lust and insanity to its fullest. Pictorially and musically beautiful. A feast for the senses when you have a wacky sense of humour and a weak spot for stories of intense couples in a vital quest.
October 16, 2010
pier007

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Unbelievably grim but archetypal doomed romance movie that reeks of French arthouse. Beautiful to look at, and Beatrice Dalle is both captivating and heartbreaking as the deeply troubled Betty.
February 16, 2007
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