Alias Betty The accidental death of a boy and the kidnapping of another, while stunning plot turns, are portals into even more fascinating psychological territory in Alias… Alias Betty The accidental death of a boy and the kidnapping of another, while stunning plot turns, are portals into even more fascinating psychological territory in Alias… 2002-09-13 Unrated PT101M Mystery and Thriller Sandrine Kiberlain Edouard Baer Luck Mervil Nicole Garcia Mathilde Seigner Stephane Freiss Wellspring
Movie Review

Alias Betty (2002)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Sandrine Kiberlain, Alias Betty | MOTHER ISSUES Betty (Kiberlain) mourns her son's death
MOTHER ISSUES Betty (Kiberlain) mourns her son's death
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 13, 2002; Rated: Unrated; Length: 101 Minutes; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Sandrine Kiberlain; Distributor: Wellspring

The accidental death of a boy and the kidnapping of another, while stunning plot turns, are portals into even more fascinating psychological territory in Alias Betty, a nifty, entwined, ultimately gripping adaptation of British crime writer Ruth Rendell's novel ''The Tree of Hands'' by French director Claude Miller (''The Little Thief''). The dead child was the son of Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain), a successful novelist living in the suburbs of Paris. The kidnapped child is the ''gift'' of Betty's mad and maddeningly unmaternal mother, Margot (Nicole Garcia). Everybody's awful and flawed in this anti– fairy tale (including the stolen boy's slutty mother, who's just as happy her kid is out of her hair). But everything is right about the merciless performances of Kiberlain and Garcia, and about the way Miller layers the stories of these weaklings, tugging at the ties, however warped, that bind parent and child.

Originally posted Sep 27, 2002 Published in issue #675-676 Oct 04, 2002 Order article reprints