A story of two lovers—Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a novelist, and Betty (Beatrice Dalle), a sexy, mercurial woman—who fall into an all-consuming relationship, moving from a remote shack to bohemian Paris and back to a dreamy rural town, in this intense story of struggling with love and lust.
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forget the directing and etcetera - I'd watch it over and over and over, whenever I feel at lost and want to remember "passion". yes, it may be cliche - but I rate 5 stars entirely for its subjective value for me, not according to any standard or aesthetic theory or what have you.
This has almost everything I love about movies. Uninhabited, slow decent into madness, a dash of Zulawskian food orgy, beautiful imagery, tasty atmosphere ridden with sex, boundless performance, characters that are built out of ideals than rationality. Can't really say anything about it. One of the better movies I've seen!
One of those movies that make you immediately fall in love with and later on reminisce as if as though you were one of the characters. Betty's behavior and progressive mental dissipation somewhat mocks the so-popular clichés about our expectancies towards unconditional love.
3.5 I love the attention that was put into color, lighting and shadow in each frame, and parts of this film are very sexy, but on the whole, it did not move me and is a substantial investment at 3 hours long.
I've seen it said in review on other sites that Betty is suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder but have the filmmaker ever confirmed this?
It feels true because a lot of things Betty does in the film hit home for someone who used to date someone with BPD....though I obviously wouldn't have made the choice the guy did in the end.