372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)
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372 le Matin (Betty Blue) (37.2 Degrees in the Morning)
Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue stars Béatrice Dalle as the title character, a mentally unbalanced and sexually aggressive free spirit who becomes involved with Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a repairman moonlighting as a writer. The two engage in a variety of sexual encounters, and grow more passionate toward each other. Betty finds Zorg's book and is aggressively supportive; over time, her mental and emotional instability begin to catch up with her and drive her to the point of romantic obsession with Zorg -- leading to a grisly and shocking conclusion.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A playful, meandering, somewhat confusing tale that hangs together as a portrait of demented love."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie was colorful and swirling and oppressive all at once, and in 1991, Beineix recut it not to slim it down but to add a florid third hour."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Flows in a lambent pop style, warm to the touch and scarily intimate"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a passionate love story executed in a dull fashion."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Expanded to its intended length, the movie feels not like a failed narrative hastily washed in luridness but a purposefully meandering allegory of artistic frustration."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"If Betty Blue feasts on the bodies of its leads, it's this director's cut that fully establishes the movie's artistic bona fides."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Dalle, a model, makes a moving debut as the desperate baby-doll who fails to mold reality to her own conceptions of happiness. Anglade is more introvertedly affecting as the lucidly casual, but devoted Zorg."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There can be beauty in tragedy, particularly when the key ingredient is the same in both"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Beinex's Oscar-nominated, quintessentially French amour fou tells of a love relationship that descends into madness, splendidly played by Dalle as the free-spirited troubled femme; one scene of self-inflicted violence is truly tough to watch."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The best thing about the film is the pouty, 21-year-old Dalle."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Curvy, ripe Dalle, only 21 at the time and in her first screen role, completely commits to the part."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"If Betty Blue teaches us anything -- and there's a good chance it doesn't -- it's that life is full of little mysteries."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Rarely seen in this country in the intervening 23 years, Dalle gives one of the all-time-great performances as Betty."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Occasionally drags and meanders, but it boasts an impressive visual style and a radiant, charismatic performance by the ultra-sexy Béatrice Dalle."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"If Dalle never made anything of note again -- and she didn't -- then this alone would be enough to stake her claim as an icon of late 20th century cinema."
‑ , Empire Magazine