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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.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


Yves Lambrecht
as Guy Etamble
Christiane Minazzoli
as Madame Etamble
Pierre Vernier
as The Doctor
Pierre Martot
as Frédéric
Raoul Curet
as the notary
Melanie Blatt
as Thérèse
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Critic Reviews for Betty

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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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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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