Betty (1992)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - Aug 20, 1993 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Adapted from a novel by Georges Simenon, Betty stars Marie Trintignant in the title role. A drunken wastrel, Betty is adopted after a fashion by an older female alcoholic named Laure, played by director Claude Chabrol's wife at the time, St├ęphane Audran. Fascinated by Betty's hard-luck tales, Laure endeavors to protect the younger woman from the ravages of a cruel world. Unfortunately, she turns a blind eye to Betty's larcenous streak, which manifests itself at the worst possible moments. This tale of a irredeemable ne'er-do-well is fleshed out by a flashback-flashforward technique that some observers found confusing and distracting.

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alcoholism, betrayal, child-abuse, skidrow, thief, bum