Betty Fisher and Other Stories (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Alias Betty works both as a gripping thriller and as a precisely drawn character study.


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A woman's grief and her mother's madness lead to strange and unforeseen consequences in this offbeat drama based on a novel by Ruth Rendell. Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) is a promising young writer who has a four-year-old son, Joseph (Arthur Setbon). Betty's mother, Margot (Nicole Garcia), comes to visit her from Spain. Betty's relationship with Margot is difficult at best; Margot is emotionally unstable, and once attacked her daughter with a pair of scissors when she was a child. While … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 11, 2003
Runtime:
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Cast


as Betty Fisher

as Margot Fisher

as Carole Novacki

as Francois Diembele

as Alex Basato

as Dr. Castang

as Jose Novacki

as Joseph Novacki

as Rene the Canadian

as Madame Barsky

as Monsieur Barsky

as Martinaud

as Jacqueline
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Critic Reviews for Betty Fisher and Other Stories

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (25)

A pleasant enough valentine to Rendell's The Tree of Hands, if a story that deals with child abuse and sexual obsession could be described in those terms.

Full Review… | March 14, 2003
Boston Globe
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Understated, elegant meditation on motherhood, obligation and coincidence, all wrapped up in the form of an urban thriller.

Full Review… | December 13, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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The story pulls us in almost immediately -- and the style and cast keep us hooked.

Full Review… | December 13, 2002
Chicago Tribune
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Miller tells this very compelling tale with little fuss or noise, expertly plucking tension from quiet.

November 29, 2002
Seattle Times
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A provocative movie about loss, anger, greed, jealousy, sickness and love.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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Cold, pretentious, thoroughly dislikable study in sociopathy.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Betty Fisher and Other Stories

A lot of people didn't like this one eh? Hmmm..interesting. This is the French attempt at pulling off the multiple story lines intersecting into one. And I think it works.

John Ballantine
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