Alias Betty (Betty Fisher and Other Stories)(Betty Fisher et autres histoires)

2002

Alias Betty (Betty Fisher and Other Stories)(Betty Fisher et autres histoires) (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 screen adaptation of Ruth Rendell's Tree of Hounds, Betty Fisher tells the story of three mothers, all of whom are very different from one another but bonded inextricably by a shared drama. The first mother is Betty, a promising young writer who has a four-year-old son, Joseph. The second is Carole, a bar waitress whose difficult life leads her to mistreat her son, José. The third mother is Margot, Betty's mother, who re-enters her daughter's life after an extended absence. When Joseph is killed in an accident, Margot schemes to prove her love to her grieving daughter. Fate subsequently intervenes, and the three mothers find their lives woven together in a web of suspense and intrigue.

Cast

Sandrine Kiberlain
as Betty Fisher
Nicole Garcia
as Margot Fisher
Mathilde Seigner
as Carole Novacki
Luck Mervil
as Francois Diembele
Édouard Baer
as Alex Basato
Roschdy Zem
as Dr. Castang
Alexis Chatrian
as Jose Novacki
Arthur Setbon
as Joseph Novacki
Yves Jacques
as Rene the Canadian
Consuelo De Haviland
as Madame Barsky
Pascal Bonitzer
as Monsieur Barsky
Yves Verhoeven
as Martinaud
Annie Mercier
as Jacqueline
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Critic Reviews for Alias Betty (Betty Fisher and Other Stories)(Betty Fisher et autres histoires)

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (21)

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.

Mar 14, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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Understated, elegant meditation on motherhood, obligation and coincidence, all wrapped up in the form of an urban thriller.

Dec 13, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The story pulls us in almost immediately -- and the style and cast keep us hooked.

Dec 13, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

Miller tells this very compelling tale with little fuss or noise, expertly plucking tension from quiet.

Nov 29, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4

A provocative movie about loss, anger, greed, jealousy, sickness and love.

Nov 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cold, pretentious, thoroughly dislikable study in sociopathy.

Nov 8, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alias Betty (Betty Fisher and Other Stories)(Betty Fisher et autres histoires)

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
John Ballantine

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