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“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.