Betty

Heralded by some as the triumphant comeback of Claude Chabrol, though I prefer to see it as one of his better second-degree efforts—and considering how many of his features have never crossed the Atlantic, it's hard to rank it more definitively than that. Much of this 1991 film is recounted piecemeal in flashbacks as the title heroine (Marie Trintignant), a young wife recently abandoned by her husband for infidelity, recalls her past to an older woman (Stephane Audran). As is often the case with Chabrol, moral ambiguity is just the other side of mise en scene, and the storytelling is pretty fluid.

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