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      Betty Fisher and Other Stories

      Released Sep 13, 2002 1h 42m Comedy Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      92% Tomatometer 51 Reviews 63% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot (Nicole Garcia) arranges to kidnap another child, Jose (Alexis Chatrian), to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's wrong, Betty accepts Jose as her new son. Meanwhile, Jose's mother Carole (Mathilde Seigner) is looking for her son with the help of her boyfriend, Francois (Luck Mervil), and some of his cohorts. Read More Read Less
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      Alias Betty works both as a gripping thriller and as a precisely drawn character study.

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      Ed Siegel Boston Globe A pleasant enough valentine to Rendell's The Tree of Hands, if a story that deals with child abuse and sexual obsession could be described in those terms. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 14, 2003 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Either a fascinating study of the relationship between mothers and their children or a disturbing story about sociopaths and their marks. Rated: 3/5 Dec 29, 2002 Full Review Matt Weitz Dallas Morning News Understated, elegant meditation on motherhood, obligation and coincidence, all wrapped up in the form of an urban thriller. Rated: B Dec 13, 2002 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 4, 2005 Full Review Greg Muskewitz eFilmCritic.com Rated: 4/5 Apr 12, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Muy buen entramado de historias y con personajes bien delineados. La frase de la maternidad es bastante buena. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member french crazyness, but still good. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member it sure is a bit crazy, but very good. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member When Betty's psychopath mother visits and Betty's son is accidentally killed, the crazy mother naturally kidnaps a lookalike to make up for it. Besides that the film offers subplots of the indifferent mother who loses her child, the men around her life, and police trying to solve the case. It has a pattern that I've seen in a few French films lately where it's mostly drama and yet comic moments happen from time to time. I enjoyed it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A lot of people didn't like this one eh? Hmmm..interesting. This is the French attempt at pulling off the multiple story lines intersecting into one. And I think it works. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent interlaced stories with some good characters and plenty of feeling. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Grieving after the death of her young son Joseph, novelist Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) enters a dark depression. Hoping to bring her out of it, her mother Margot (Nicole Garcia) arranges to kidnap another child, Jose (Alexis Chatrian), to replace the son Betty lost. Although she knows it's wrong, Betty accepts Jose as her new son. Meanwhile, Jose's mother Carole (Mathilde Seigner) is looking for her son with the help of her boyfriend, Francois (Luck Mervil), and some of his cohorts.
      Director
      Claude Miller
      Producer
      Yves Marmion, Annie Miller
      Screenwriter
      Claude Miller, Ruth Rendell
      Distributor
      Wellspring Cinema
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 13, 2002, Original
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $206.4K
      Runtime
      1h 42m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby Digital, Dolby A, Surround, DTS, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)