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Actors: Stphane Audran, Thomas Chabrol, Raoul Curet, Jean-Francois Garreaud, Yves Lambrecht
Director: Claude Chabrol
Genres: Art House & International, Drama
Studio: Kino International Release Date: 08/02/2005 Run time: 105 minutes
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Interesting Character Study
Kardius | USA | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Based on one of Georges Simenon's "psychological novels," Claude Chabrol's Betty begins with the title character (Marie Trintingnat) walking into a bar where she picks up a man. They head to a bar near Versailles called "The Hole," a gathering of lost souls where Betty strikes a friendship with Laure (the superb Stephane Audran), a middle-aged woman involved with the bar's owner. Laure takes Betty to spend a couple of days in her hotel and, as the friendship develops, we find out through flashbacks, presented in a fragmented manner and without chronological order, what happened in Betty's life that culminated with her tramping around bars in Paris. (It's all related to sex.)
Chabrol's film is fascinating if you enjoy character studies, but beware that the film exposes Betty's character without ever passing judgment on her or fully explaining her motivations or even the real reasons behind Betty and Laure's friendship. You also need to be patient with the film's structure, since it takes practically until the very end for the flashbacks to make sense as a whole, and even then there are intentional gaps in terms of character motivation. However, Chabrol is in top form in this film, and the acting is excellent, with the two female leads providing strong performances."
Pedestrian, Boring Character Study
BonnieFilmFan | 05/18/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There are absolutely no surprises, no twists and turns in this film...I even watched portions a second time, thinking I may have missed something, some hidden evil or some tragic flaw. Well, the leading character is alcoholic and sleeps around...but the events and supposed causes are simply ho-hum and not very interesting, and the ending is saccharine. I'm glad that I only rented this...instead, see Claude Chabrol's Story Of Women, The Bridesmaid, or La Ceremonie for great character study, drama, and suspense."