Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix

185 minutes, France,1986

We regret to announce that due to unforseen circumstances, Béatrice Dalle will not be in attendance that this screening as published. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Showing here in the director’s cut, Jean-Jacques Beineix’s epic tale of amour fou made an immediate icon of its star, Béatrice Dalle. She and boyfriend Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), who also acts as narrator, have a highly passionate relationship. In between bouts of lovemaking, Zorg works as a handyman on the beach. However, as Betty’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, with occasional violent outbursts, their circumstances change, and the two end up in the city managing a music store for a friend. But Betty’s instability eventually leads to tragedy. Dalle’s spellbinding fearlessness in her debut role has lasted throughout her acting career.

Director’s Note: Densely coloured landscape, a haunting soundtrack and the stunning duo of Dalle and Anglade leave this provocative and disturbing film stamped on your memory.

Oscar Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, 1987

Showing as part of the 2012 IFI French Film Festival.

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