Only a few more days to vote in the ABC Classic FM Classic 100: Music in the Movies. And I’ve another suggestion to make… Gabriel Yared’s soundtrack to the film Betty Blue. I love this soundtrack so much, I recorded this track from it C’est le Vent, Betty. And I wrote about why I made this choice in the digital booklet for the album….
“It’s all about the choices we make, isn’t it? Someone who made consistently pretty bad choices would be Betty (Béatrice Dalle) of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s 1986 film Betty Blue. I’m sure that many of us imagine ourselves reacting to bad news in the extreme. Just think how good it would feel to punch that boss you hate square in the face, abuse that unfaithful ex-boyfriend/girlfriend in front of their current flame, rip out the vocal folds of those hideous screaming kids next door. Of course you would never ever act upon these crazy fantasies, but this is where you differ from Betty. Suffering from an unspecified mental illness, she has no filtering mechanism between appropriate reactions and dangerously inappropriate reactions. However, she also has moments of genuine fond connection with her long suffering boyfriend Zorg; the piano duet they play, C’est le Vent, is such a moment. Pity they had to have this moment in the piano shop in the middle of the night, disturbing the neighbours.”