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Betty Blue / 37°2 Le Matin | 1986

Jean-Hugues Anglade is Zorg, not an alien invader but and indolent under-achiever who realises his potential as a writer after an affair with irritatingly intolerable Betty (Béatrice Dalle) in Jean-Jacques Beineix's love-it-or-hate-it (favourite film of many and Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Film, it also made critic Roger Ebert's 'Most Hated Films' list) Eighties romance.

The Director’s Cut includes an extra 60 minutes of stylishly photographed pouting and tantrums.

The coastal village of the opening scenes, with its stilt houses, is Gruissan, ten miles southeast of Narbonne in the Languedoc-Rousillon area of France, down toward the Spanish border.

The other French villages used are Marvejols, a tiny market town in the Colagne Valley about 100 miles north of Narbonne on E9/N9, and Nogent-sur-Marne, east of Paris.

This is a basic entry and due to be expanded.