Nominated for the BAFTA and Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, 'Betty Blue' is quintessential French cinema material: an uninhibited and tumultuous story of an obsessive relationship that descends into madness. When it premiered in 1986, the film gained notoriety for its full-frontal nudity and explicit sex. With audience members questioning if the sex scenes were simulated or not, the word-of-mouth buzz helped drive it to box-office success.
Based on a novel by Philippe Djian, 'Betty Blue' has become a cult classic for its mercurial characters, bohemian sexuality and descent into 'amour fou'.
★★★★★ "The finest example of the type of French film known, rather snipingly, as cinéma du look" - David Parkinson, Radio Times