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Alias Betty (2001)

Betty Fisher et autres histoires (original title)
Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

Claude Miller, Ruth Rendell (novel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Kiberlain ... Betty Fisher
Nicole Garcia ... Margot Fisher
Mathilde Seigner ... Carole Novacki
Luck Mervil ... François Diembele
Edouard Baer ... Alex Basato (as Édouard Baer)
Stéphane Freiss ... Edouard
Yves Jacques ... René the Canadian
Roschdy Zem ... Dr. Jerome Castang
Consuelo De Haviland Consuelo De Haviland ... Madame Barsky
Yves Verhoeven Yves Verhoeven ... Martinaud
Annie Mercier Annie Mercier ... Jacqueline
Alexis Chatrian Alexis Chatrian ... Jose Novacki
Enzo Crebessegues Enzo Crebessegues ... Child
Arthur Setbon Arthur Setbon ... Joseph Fisher
Réva Rothstein Réva Rothstein ... Child
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Storyline

Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot arranges to kidnap another child, Jose, to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's wrong, Betty accepts Jose as her new son. Meanwhile, Jose's mother Carole is looking for her son with the help of her boyfriend Francois and some of his criminal cohorts. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crimes of passion are not always between lovers.


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Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,929, 15 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$206,400, 23 March 2003
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Color
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Trivia

In the scene in which Alex goes to the bookshelf and pulls down a book in which some money is hidden, all the books on that shelf are by Ruth Rendell, who wrote the book this film was based on. The cover of the French version of that book, entitled 'Jeux des Mains', is prominently displayed when he pulls down the book. See more »

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...And Other Lies
17 November 2002 | by frankgaipaSee all my reviews

Look at the French title. "Histoire" means story and, as with the English word, implies all story's synonyms. "Histoire," then, can serve as a perhaps gentler "lie." So, "Betty Fisher and Other Stories:" It's a film whose plot is constructed of linked plots, a film in which strangers' stories intersect in ways we've come to think of as Altmanesque. But also, more intriguingly, "Betty Fisher and Other Lies:" Everybody's story involves a lie. Or everybody is a lie.

I booted up here, just now, fearing I'd only pan the film. The round-robin plot relies on glaring improbabilities and deux ex machina transpositions. It's so strongly plotted, I'd thought to say, it could probably survive one of those English language remakes, and weakly enough drawn in many of its characters that a such a remake might stand a rare chance of bettering it. Nonetheless, make a project of finding the "lie" in each character's "histoire." Which characters tell lies? Which lie to themselves, which to others, which to both? Is any character totally sincere? Is any character pure lie?

I'm not entirely sure whether it's the case of an actor stranded in an outrageously unbelievable plot, or of an actor acting for all she's worth to realize that plot, but Betty's plain-faced, ever-stricken, ever-lost expression, more than anything else in the film, stays with me. Though one needs a little French to appreciate it, "Alias Betty" may actually be a quite complex translation.


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