Considered radical for its time the film remains effortlessly and mysteriously beautiful.
Betty Blue (France, 1986) ‚ÄúI had known Betty for a week. The forecast was for storms.‚Äù And so opens the French tale of romantic obsession, Betty Blue, which was released to a shockwave of controversy in 1986.
Béatrice Dalle is enchanting as the free spirited, yet unstable title character and she manages to perfectly embody the steamy, dizzying intensity of obsessive love.
Most erotic thrillers are considered to be bottom of the barrel affairs.
Given that so many of them rely on old cliches, cardboard characters and scenes of sex and violence that are best described as "exploitive," it kind of make sense.
Very few erotic thrillers, after all, make it onto lists detailing the greatest films ever made; they're more likely to end up on lists outlining guilty pleasures, or films everyone knows are bad that you somehow can't resist.
But one could certainly argue that the inherent appeal of an erotic thriller is the fact that it's a little trashy, a little exploitive and a little bit ridiculous.
They're designed with the intention of offering sex and lies and violence in one neat package.
But the best kinds of erotic thrillers are those that manage to be a bit cheesy and self-aware at the same time; either that, or those that at least attempt to be artful - to make something more than mere trash.
Erotic thrillers hit their peak in the late '80s and early '90s, of course, at a time when Michael Douglas seemed to be in all of them for some reason, and Joe Eszterhas was one of the highest-paid scriptwriters in Hollywood.
So whilst it's true that most of the films in this often ridiculed little sub-genre aren't worth the celluloid they were photographed on, there are a handful of movies that showcase the true potential of the erotic thriller in all its glory...
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