Betty Blue

Betty Blue

“Filled to the brim with visual and emotional bravado, it’s a rare film that manages to be both unabashedly erotic and surprisingly touching. Betty and Zorg’s electric relationship is an ode to fiery, youthful obsession determined to be anchored by no reality other than passion.” —Ben C-M, Janus Films

Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix • 1986 • France

When the easygoing would-be novelist Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) meets the tempestuous Betty (Béatrice Dalle, in a magnetic breakout performance) in a sunbaked French beach town, it’s the beginning of a whirlwind love affair that sees the pair turn their backs on conventional society in favor of the hedonistic pursuit of freedom, adventure, and carnal pleasure. But as the increasingly erratic Betty’s grip on reality begins to falter, Zorg finds himself willing to do things he never expected to protect both her fragile sanity and their tenuous existence together. Adapted from the hit novel “37°2 le matin” by Philippe Djian, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s art-house smash—presented here in its extended director’s cut—is a sexy, crazy, careening joyride of a romance that burns with the passion and beyond-reason fervor of all-consuming love.

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Betty Blue
  • Betty Blue

    Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix • 1986 • France
    Starring Jean-Hugues Anglade, Béatrice Dalle, Gérard Darmon

    When the easygoing would-be novelist Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) meets the tempestuous Betty (Béatrice Dalle, in a magnetic breakout performance) in a sunbaked French beach town, it’s the ...

Extras

  • Blue Notes and Bungalows

    This hour-long documentary features BETTY BLUE director Jean-Jacques Beineix, actors Béatrice Dalle and Jean-Hughes Anglade, associate producer Claudie Ossard, composer Gabriel Yared, and cinematographer Jean-François Robin. It was directed by David Gregory for Severin Films in association with S...

  • Making of BETTY BLUE

    This short video was shot during the production of BETTY BLUE and features director Jean-Jacques Beineix; Philippe Djian, author of the film’s source novel, “37˚2 le matin”; and members of the cast and crew.

  • BETTY BLUE on “Antenne 2 midi”

    The following excerpt is from a program recorded for French television in 1986, on the occasion of the premiere of BETTY BLUE. It features director Jean-Jacques Beineix, actor Béatrice Dalle, and journalist France Roche with host Noël Mamère.

  • Béatrice Dalle Screen Test

    The following footage of BETTY BLUE actor Béatrice Dalle was recorded in 1985.

  • Le chien du Monsieur Michel

    Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix • 1977 • France

    In 1977, after working as an assistant director on several features, BETTY BLUE filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix directed the following short film about a man and his dog.