When the easygoing would-be novelist Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) meets the tempestuous Betty (Béatrice Dalle, in a magnetic breakout performance) in a sunbaked French beach town, it’s the beginning of a whirlwind love affair that sees the pair turn their backs on conventional society in favor of the hedonistic pursuit of freedom, adventure, and carnal pleasure.
But as the increasingly erratic Betty’s grip on reality begins to falter, Zorg finds himself willing to do things he never expected to protect both her fragile sanity and their tenuous existence together.
Directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix in 1986. With Béatrice Dalle, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Gérard Darmon, Consuelo De Haviland, Clémentine Célarié and Vincent Lindon. DCP. 185 minutes.
A 185-minute director’s cut debuted in 2000 with the extra hour allowing Betty’s descent into madness to take up more space and her pursuit of motherhood to get more screen time. Zorg’s character is explored with several solo vignettes, including his cross-dressing crime spree
Date: March 6th, 2022 at 4:50 pm
Address: Roxie Theater – 3117 16th Street, San Francisco
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