Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Betty Blue: must see it

Betty Blue is a fantastic French film—a heart-wrenching story of a beautiful girl losing her mind. It is not surprising that it was nominated for an Oscar in 1986. Beineix directs the film well and it is acting flawlessly: the chemistry between Betty and Zorg is intense. The film is very erotic, bordering pornographic at some points and can be extremely uncomfortable to watch. That being said, however, it is a film to be watched. The film is a tragic love story. We watch Zorg, a simple enough man, works as a handyman although he aspires to be a writer. He has, in fact, written a novel, that Betty later so desparately tries to get published. It is only after she has completely lost her mind and is confined to a hospital that a publisher makes Zorg an offer. The film reflects on the great lengths people will go to for love and how blinding true love can be. From the beginning of the film, it is clear that Betty is an unusual character. She has a very quick temper and could be considered neurotic. As the film progresses, however, her outbursts escalate into violent fits of hysteria, which Zorg ignores for the most part until they begin to take a toll on his mental-health and social life. Cinematically, the movie is shot unbelievably well. Color is key—everything is vibrant and eye-catching. This movie is not one to be missed—it will make you laugh, cry, uncomfortable and maybe even nostalgic. Be sure to watch it when you have time, its pretty long! Don't let the subtitles scare you away!

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