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Betty (1992)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 1993 (USA)
A drunken self-destructive woman called Betty wanders through bars and meets a man that drives her to a restaurant outside Paris called Le Trou (The Hole). She meets the middle-aged ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

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Claude Chabrol (adaptation), Claude Chabrol (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Trintignant ... Betty Etamble
Stéphane Audran ... Laure
Jean-François Garreaud Jean-François Garreaud ... Mario
Yves Lambrecht Yves Lambrecht ... Guy Etamble
Christiane Minazzoli Christiane Minazzoli ... Madame Etamble
Pierre Vernier ... Le médecin
Nathalie Kousnetzoff Nathalie Kousnetzoff ... Odile
Pierre Martot Pierre Martot ... Frédéric
Thomas Chabrol ... Schwartz
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Philippe
Henri Attal Henri Attal
Coco Bakonyi Coco Bakonyi
Emmanuelle Bataille Emmanuelle Bataille
Antoine Blanquefort Antoine Blanquefort
Mélanie Blatt Mélanie Blatt ... Thérèse
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Storyline

A drunken self-destructive woman called Betty wanders through bars and meets a man that drives her to a restaurant outside Paris called Le Trou (The Hole). She meets the middle-aged alcoholic Laure from Lyon, who is the lover of the Le Trou's owner Mario. Laure decides to take care of Betty and brings her to the room next-door in her hotel. Along the days, Betty tells the story of her bourgeois life and her unhappy marriage to Laure and also recalls moments of her promiscuous life. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betty - Uma Mulher sem Passado See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,243, 22 August 1993

Gross USA:

$58,099

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,099
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The last film that director Claude Chabrol and actress, and former spouse, Stéphane Audran would work together on. See more »

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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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well-made but unappealing
11 February 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This reminds me of a car wreck where people stop to gawk at the carnage. Betty is a lost should who has spent years using sex and booze to try to numb herself. Trapped in a loveless marriage, she once again resorts to her old habits--and is caught and thrown out without her kids but with a stipend from her rich ex.

The story begins with Betty on a date with a psychotic ex-doctor and she's becoming drunk VERY fast (I can't recall EVER seeing a character in a movie drink that many drinks so fast). When she awakens she's in the home of an older woman who has rescued her. And, slowly in flashbacks, we see Betty's story about her life--given in bits and pieces interspersed throughout the film. There were two problems with this method: first, it was, at times, pretty confusing following the action, and second, I just found myself not particularly caring about the character. She was a total mess.

It's a shame, as I have really enjoyed several other Claude Chabrol movies--this, unfortunately, isn't one of them. It only scores a 4 because the acting is good--the story sure isn't.


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