BETTY BLUE - DIRECTOR'S CUT (1991)
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3h 05min | Drama I France |
Director: Jean-Jacques Beneix |
Cast: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Beatrice Dalle.
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Betty Blue is a 1986 French erotic psychological drama film. Its original French title is 37° 2 le matin, meaning "37.2°C (100°F) in the morning". The film was directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix and stars Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hugues Anglade. It is based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Philippe Djian. The film was the eighth highest-grossing film of the year in France.
A young woman whose passionate affair with handyman and would-be writer inexorably drifts towards tragedy as she becomes increasingly unbalanced.
Jean-Hugues Anglade - Zorg
Béatrice Dalle - Betty
Working as a model when she met filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix, Beineix cast her in the lead role of the 1986 film 37°2 le matin (later released in the UK and USA as Betty Blue) which received BAFTA and Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film, and made a star of Dalle.
She is seen in a feature role in the 1991 music video for "Move To Memphis" by Norwegian band a-ha.
In 2001, Dalle appeared in the controversial film, Trouble Every Day, in which she played a vampire. She starred in the 2007 film À l'intérieur, in which she played a cruel psychopath stalking a pregnant woman.
Jean-Jacques Beineix - Director
is a French film director whose work is generally seen as the best example of what came to be called the cinéma du look. The look of the cinéma du look refers to the films' high investment in non-naturalistic, self-conscious aesthetics, notably intense colours and lighting effects.
In 1964, Jean-Jacques Beineix started his career as Jean Becker's assistant director on the famous French TV series, Les Saintes chéries, until the end of 1967. Then, in 1970 he worked for Claude Berri and in 1971 for Claude Zidi. In 1977, he directed his first short movie Le Chien de M. Michel which won the first prize at the Trouville Festival. In 1980, he directed his first feature film Diva which received four Césars. The film was also entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival. His second feature, Moon in the Gutter, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at 1983's Cannes Festival. That film was nominated for three Césars in 1984. It won one award - the Best Production Design category.
In 1986, Jean-Jacques Beineix directed Betty Blue (original title: "37°2 le matin"). In 1987, that film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and in the same category at the same year’s British Academy Film Awards and Golden Globes. It won the 1986 Montréal World Film Festival’s Grand Prix des Amériques and Most Popular Film awards and, in 1987, the Boston Society of Film Critics award for best foreign language film and one – Best Poster - of the nine Césars for which it was nominated. He directed Roselyne et les lions in 1989, IP5: L'île aux pachydermes in 1992 and Mortel Transfert in 2001. The 1992 Seattle International Film Festival awarded Beineix its Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director on the strength of Betty Blue and IP5: L'île aux pachydermes.