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Critic Reviews for Betty
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.
Audience Reviews for Betty
Grim little film about a sordid female character who does more damage to herself than she imagines, yet somehow comes through at the end a survivor, having battled her own female rescuer for life's prizes. A strange observation on female co-dependency, more subtle than Bergman's much touted 'Persona'. Marie Trintignant is excellent as 'Betty' - a woman trapped by her own free will, destroying herself in her search for absolutely nothing.
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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