April 25: Betty Blue

Thursday, April 25 2019 | 8PM 37° 2 le matin aka Betty Blue France 1986 d. Jean-Jacques Beineix with Béatrice Dalle, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo de Haviland, Jacques Mathou and Clémentine Célarié. In French with English subtitles. Colour. 120 m

“If Betty Blue teaches us anything – and there’s a good chance it doesn’t – it’s that life is full of little mysteries.” Janet Maslin

Betty Blue infamously begins in medias baiser at the beach shack belonging to Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), whose first line of narration—”I had known Betty for a week. We screwed every night. The forecast was for storms”—immediately establishes the film’s frequently awkward mix of the carnal and the volatile. Betty’s episodic crackups, which start with arson, proceed to assault by fork and comb, and culminate in operatic self-mutilation, feel not so much explosive as exhausting. But curvy, ripe Dalle, only 21 at the time and in her first screen role, completely commits to the part, and was dubbed “the new Bardot.” Melissa Anderson

Links: IMDB Wikipedia

See Also: La Lune dans le caniveau aka Moon in the Gutter (Beineix, 1983), La visione del sabba aka The Witches’ Sabbath (Bellochio, 1988), Nikita aka La Femme Nikita (Besson, 1987)