Friday, June 23, 2017

Alias Betty 2001

     The title in French is Betty Fisher et autres histoires.  Betty Fisher’s mother Margot comes to stay with Betty in Paris.  Margot is having some medical tests that she can’t receive where she lives.  Betty is an author, she is divorced and she has a young son Joseph.  Betty puts Joseph in his room to take a nap and she talks to her mother.  Margot isn’t feeling well and she goes outside into the backyard for some fresh air.  She sees that Joseph has fallen out of his bedroom window.  He was interested in a bird he saw outside and he opened the window.  They immediately go to the hospital but Joseph dies from a brain hemorrhage.  Betty goes into a dark depression but her mother has a solution.  She kidnaps Jose, another child about the same age as Joseph.  Margot tells Betty that the child belongs to her friends and they have gone on vacation but their sitter fell through.
     I didn’t know how this movie was going to turn out??  Betty seems like she doesn’t want to accept Jose.  If she tries to take him back to his mother, Betty will probably be accused of the kidnapping?  Since she is ill, it will also be difficult for Margot if she is arrested for the kidnapping?  There is a lot of information in the newspapers and on the news about the kidnapping.  Jose’s mother seems more interested in being on television than in the loss of her son?  Realistically, how did Margot even come up this solution?  3 ½* (I liked this movie) 

103 min, Drama directed by Claude Miller with Sandrine Kiberlain, Nicole Garcia, Mathilde Seigner, Luck Mervil, Edouard Baer, Stephane Freiss, Yves Jacques, Roschdy Zem, Consuelo De Haviland, Yves Verhoeven.

Note:  Imdb 6.9 out of 10, 92% critic 62% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 8 reviews, Metacritic 73 out of 100 with 20 critics.
Special Note:  There is a scene with books on a shelf, Ruth Rendell is the author of all the books.  She wrote the book that contains money on the shelf, the title is Jeux des Mains and this translates to Games of the Hands. 

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