Betty Fisher and Other Stories (2002) - Rotten Tomatoes

Betty Fisher and Other Stories (2002)



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.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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 Betty Fisher and Other Stories

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2003
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Understated, elegant meditation on motherhood, obligation and coincidence, all wrapped up in the form of an urban thriller.

Full Review… | December 13, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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

December 13, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

November 29, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Cold, pretentious, thoroughly dislikable study in sociopathy.

Full Review… | November 8, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Betty Fisher and Other Stories

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

Super Reviewer

More of a drama cum crime film than a thriller (as it is advertised as being), this film concentrates on a set of people and how their lives intersect with one another (in the same vein as Alejandro González Iñárritu's films). The film's plot is complex, with various subplots that all manage to work together in a cohesive manner. The characters are well developed and the performances are good, yet the tone is so cold and the characters so distant that it is difficult to get emotionally involved with the film. However, it must be commended for its superb handling of all these various threads and bringing them all in focus. Not intrinsically entertaining, but interesting none the less in seeing everything come to a focal point.

David Schwenker
David Schwenker

(****): [img][/img] This film is shocking and powerful. It is cleverly written and the acting is superb. One of the best films of 2002.


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