The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Betty Blue

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

Betty Blue 1986 18

177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix

Jean-Jacques Beineix’s stylish and extravagant story of an unstable, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.

A film of two halves (especially in its extended director’s cut, as it’s presented here), Beineix begins with a focus on the unbridled sexual intensity of a relationship in its early passionate throes, before Betty’s volatile streak soon starts to signify a more worrying descent into depression.

It’s become a tirelessly repeated cliché that no 1980s student digs was complete without a poster of Betty Blue on the walls, and it’s certainly true that clever marketing (including a savvy retitling from the original: 37° 2 le matin) resulted in a film that achieved real crossover success in the UK, becoming the signature film of the ‘cinema du look’ movement.

Start watching in: 30 days

Finish watching in: 48 hours

Directed by

Jean-Jacques Beineix

Featuring

Jean-Hugues Anglade

Béatrice Dalle

Genres

Romance Drama

Collection

French Cinema Cult Cinema Fatal Attractions Oscars - Best Foreign Language Film Best of BAFTA Love Based on the Book…

Certificate

18 Contains scenes of strong sex and nudity

Released

1986

Country

France

Language

English

Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Stranger by the Lake
Stranger by the Lake
Watch from £2.98
HD

Stranger by the Lake 2013 18

A young man witnesses a violent crime at a gay cruising ground and becomes obsessed with the killer in Alain Guiraudie’s acclaimed mystery-thriller.

100 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie

View Possession
Possession
Watch from £2.98
HD

Possession 1981 18

Andrzej Zulawski’s out-of-control horror masterpiece is one of cinema’s most bare-souled and open-veined accounts of a broken relationship.

124 mins France Director. Andrzej Zulawski

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later