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      Released Sep 8, 2000 1h 40m Drama List
      92% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 58% Audience Score 500+ Ratings An outcast well-to-do Paris wife (Marie Trintignant) meets a widow (Stéphane Audran) who lives in a hotel and drinks with her. Read More Read Less

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      Budd Wilkins Slant Magazine Arrows Lies and Deceit box set offers five of Claude Chabrols finest efforts from the 1980s and 1990s in a handsome new package with hours of bonus materials. Mar 2, 2022 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times Chabrol has achieved a kind of control of his material that is remarkable. Sep 28, 2016 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Watching it, in the same week I saw two conventional Hollywood "thrillers," was like being invited to participate with the depths my mind instead of just the shallow surface. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Imran Khan PopMatters Perhaps to lull us into an aperture of comfort and safety, Chabrol frames Betty in an aestheticism of muted color tones that are easy on the eyes and give the impression of a hopeful incline in Betty and Laure’s circumstances. May 31, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Chilly but involving. Rated: 3/4 Mar 5, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell Intriguing and potently administered, there are bounteous compelling elements both in and outside Betty's frames, and should have more of a renowned reputation than it does from Chabrol's later period. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 2, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Based on the novel by Georges Simenon, Betty is, well, about Betty (Marie Trintignant), a young alcoholic woman whose affairs cause her to be removed from her family and not allowed to see her two children. One night in a bar, she meets Laure (Stéphane Audran), who takes her in, gives her a luxury hotel room and the opportunity to tell her story within a series of flashbacks. The last film that director Claude Chabrol and his former spouse Stéphane Audran (Audran was also married to the father of her co-star, Jean-Louis Trintignant) made together, it features a character deprived of the love of her husband, used as a womb to create children for a rich family and left to only feel through alcohol and sex. But behind her eyes and those bangs, is she trouble for anyone she comes into contact with? Is this a realistic story of life? A horror movie without the supernatural? A formless movie with no plot instigated within a 1960s conversation between Simenon and Chabrol? All of those things and more? Watch and see. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Tritingant plumbs the depths of an alcoholic making bad decisions (in theory); ultimately an occasionally compelling film Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member What is it, that makes those french movies always look sexy to me? No matter how sad and boring the story is, I'm always expecting some hot scenes. Here it is Marie Trintignant, with her bedroom eyes and her heavy heart, that I suspected to lure the woman she went home with into bed. Well, I was so wrong. She is drinking and attending bars because of her tragic story. And what a story that is! Loss, loneliness, alkoholism, sex affairs...-I would say: just another weak character, just too afraid to escape it's miserable bourgeois life. Even as the story comes to an end, she is not able to make a choice and build a new life, she just steals the life from the other woman, her milieu, even her lover... There is at least one good thing in this movie: the dialogues are very sophisticated and remote from everydays life. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Tres noir et superbement interprete. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Grim little film about a sordid female character who does more damage to herself than she imagines, yet somehow comes through at the end a survivor, having battled her own female rescuer for life's prizes. A strange observation on female co-dependency, more subtle than Bergman's much touted 'Persona'. Marie Trintignant is excellent as 'Betty' - a woman trapped by her own free will, destroying herself in her search for absolutely nothing. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A truly great Chabrol, about human wreckage creating more human wreckage. Masterful characterizations, fine acting -- not your usual Chabrol, but no one else could have done it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis An outcast well-to-do Paris wife (Marie Trintignant) meets a widow (Stéphane Audran) who lives in a hotel and drinks with her.
      Claude Chabrol
      USA Films, Summit Entertainment
      Production Co
      Propaganda Films, Pacifica Film
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 8, 2000, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 1, 2017
      1h 40m