Beineix's basic story – the obsessive passion of Betty and Zorg and her descent into madness – remains the same in this 'director's cut', it just takes longer. Most of the restored sections simply add to Beineix's musings on the nature of obsession: there's a mattress-hating binman, a drunken olive salesman, and a detective who, like Zorg, is a frustrated writer, and who, like Betty, wants to kill all publishers. The problem with all this light relief is that it unbalances the rest of the film. Whereas in the shorter cut Eddy and Lisa played a crucial role, by the time this version finishes you've forgotten they ever existed. Granted, the reintroduction of a long child-kidnapping scene and a security guard robbery slows down the advance of Betty's illness, which in the original turned her from wild lover to crazed demon overnight. Otherwise, though, Beineix's determination to tell the full story results in a bum-numbing and often downright dull three hours.
Betty Blue: The Director's Cut
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