Monday, June 12, 2006

Oh to be young again....

32.7 Degrees in the Morning AKA Betty Blue (1986) is a beautiful film about love and how far it can go. Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) is a 30 year old handyman who lives in a shack along the French coast. He is a writer as we later find out and really aspires to be nothing. But then Betty (Beatrice Dalle) walks through his door and his life changes completely.

Betty is 19, wild and free. She sees a lifetime of love with Zorg and wants him to become a worthwhile man. Unfortunately she seems to suffer from a borderline personality that is a ticking time bomb. The couple move to several places around France and revel the joys that life brings them. But Betty wants Zorg's book to be published and Zorg realizes that no matter what he does, Betty will never be happy. The miscarriage of their child tips Betty over the edge. In the end Zorg realizes what he must do.

The movie is 185 minutes long and I never found myself wanting it to be over. The beautiful scenery of the ocean, small villages, and the French countryside only made it harder for me to look away. Wonderful characters adorn this film by way of the wonderful elderly couple who live next door, to Betty's friend Lisa and her over the top boyfriend, Eddie. The film draws you into Betty and Zorg's life and their passionate moments together. The characters are believable and you feel as if you are right there with them.

Wonderful imagery, soundtrack and acting. I would recommend this movie.

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