Review by Steve Rhodes|
2 stars out of 4
ALIAS BETTY (BETTY FISHER ET AUTRES HISTORIES) can almost make you dizzy as it
switches focus from character to character. If the characters had been
interesting, sympathetic or believable, maybe the movie's schizophrenic
structure might have been tolerable, but, as directed uninvitingly by Claude
Miller, the movie offers little to its viewers.
Among the many overlapping stories is one about a grown woman named Betty Fisher
(Sandrine Kiberlain) and her egotistical mother, Margot Fisher (Nicole Garcia).
Betty, who now has a child of her own, is literally still bearing the scars of
her childhood, namely a large mark where her mother stabbed her. Typical of the
story's lack of reality is the reaction that Margot has when she discovers her
possibly dead grandson. Rather than comforting the boy or running screaming
about the accident, she just stares at him with a look of disgust. Her life
revolves around herself, and her grandson's potentially fatal injury is an
unappreciated inconvenience to her.
Most of the rest of the story is centered around a kidnapping. After disdaining
kids, Margot goes and steals one for Betty. Like a three-ring circus, there are
side stories aplenty -- none of them memorable.
"Let me die!" one of the characters screams after a poorly executed suicide
attempt. "Let them all die!" was what I kept thinking, and what you may well be
ALIAS BETTY runs 1:43. The film is in French with English subtitles. It is not
rated but might be an R for sexuality and violence and would be acceptable for
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes