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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 tale of a irredeemable ne'er-do-well is fleshed out by a flashback-flashforward technique that some observers found confusing and distracting.

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Chabrol has achieved a kind of control of his material that is remarkable.

September 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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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.

August 14, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
CultureCatch

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

August 2, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Offers a riveting psychological study of betrayal

July 20, 2003 | Full Review…
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