372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)


372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)

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Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue stars Béatrice Dalle as the title character, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds Zorg's book and is aggressively supportive; over time, her mental and emotional instability begin to catch up with her and drive her to the point of romantic obsession with Zorg -- leading to a grisly and shocking conclusion.

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Critic Reviews for 372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)

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  • If Betty Blue feasts on the bodies of its leads, it's this director's cut that fully establishes the movie's artistic bona fides.

    Jun 10, 2009 | Rating: 4/6
  • Curvy, ripe Dalle, only 21 at the time and in her first screen role, completely commits to the part.

    Jun 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The movie was colorful and swirling and oppressive all at once, and in 1991, Beineix recut it not to slim it down but to add a florid third hour.

    Jun 8, 2009
  • Dalle, a model, makes a moving debut as the desperate baby-doll who fails to mold reality to her own conceptions of happiness. Anglade is more introvertedly affecting as the lucidly casual, but devoted Zorg.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • If Betty Blue teaches us anything -- and there's a good chance it doesn't -- it's that life is full of little mysteries.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5
  • Love is not the same thing as nudity. This may seem obvious, but I feel it ought to be explained to director Jean-Jacques Beineix.

    Oct 2, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)

  • Jan 18, 2013
    Despite there is an international version circulating, making narrow-minded people happier, I cannot conceive a film that is <b>one hour shorter</b> than the intense, frustratingly passionate and erotic piece of cinematic fruit I devoured that particular Saturday evening. My respects go to Beatrice Dalle, that frivolous, tender, female sexiness that conquered my senses and scared me at the same time with her internal emotional chaos. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2012
    A part-time writer, full-time handyman falls for a effervescent but troubled woman. Jean-Hugues Anglade shines in this French classic with a passionate, exposing performance. I wish I could say the same for Beatrice Daile who was handed a gem of a role, but she doesn't capture Betty's life, her spirit, the magic quality needed to justify Zorg putting up with her antics. If <i>Betty Blue</i> were <i>Garden State</i> and Natalie Portman's character burned down Zach Braff's house or threw all his stuff onto the lawn, we'd still understand why he'd stay with her because of her charm and wit and the excited feeling one gets from being in the presence of someone like that. Such is not the case with Daile's Betty. I liked the film for what it tried to be more than for what it was. <i>Betty Blue</i> is about those relationships that send our lives into tumult but show us ways of being happy that we'd never imagined before. Yes, it descends into traditional definitions of happiness, like procreation and idyllic homes in the south of France, but there are uncommon challenges like Betty pushing Zorg out of his stagnant handyman existence. The conclusion of the film made a twisted kind of sense, and it's only Anglade's performance that kept it from being too twisted to be sensible. Overall, <i>Betty Blue</i> isn't a great film, but it tries hard enough, and I can't help thinking what another actress could have done with Betty.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2011
    Beatrice Dalle was a pin-up on many an 80's adolescent wall after this, her first role as the gorgeous, nubile, wild, flaky Betty. Twenty five years later and the film still holds up, looking like it was made yesterday, with the added bonus of being able to google Dalle at the end and find out the sheninigans she's been getting up to ever since. A must-see once in your life, preferably when adolescent. <img src="http://www.globalnews.ca/entertainment/4569643.bin?size=sw620nws">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    A messy and vibrant tale of doomed love about a man who falls for a troubled free spirit whose self destructive behavior threatens to tear them apart. Wildly erotic, if occasionally over the top, BETTY BLUE is a quintessential piece of mid-80s arthouse cinema.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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