Bluebeard
Barbe bleue
France (FR), 2009, 80 minutes, SD
Bluebeard Synopsis

In the 1950s, Bluebeard was the favourite tale of good little girls, one of whom is Catherine, who loves to frighten her older sister Marie-Anne by reading this fairy tale to her until she starts to cry. Catherine also puts herself in the fairy tale by becoming Princess Marie-Catherine, Bluebeard's last wife, the one who escapes the fate of all those he hanged before her because she is the virgin princess that the ogre cannot make up his mind to kill. This hesitation will doom him, and allow the virgin to get the head of the giant.

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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A grim and gripping retelling of the French folktale Bluebeard, this movie sure has its highlights and great scenes. Director Breillat puts her own touch to this Charles Perrault fairytale... more
A grim and gripping retelling of the French folktale Bluebeard, this movie sure has its highlights and great scenes. Director Breillat puts her own touch to this Charles Perrault fairytale about a wealthy lord with a long black beard that has glints of blue and known to have plenty of wives who die from unknown reasons. Sprinkled with issues bordering on female curiosity and sibling rivalry it has a provocative touch as only Breillat can do, who's known for films that depict sexuality, gender conflict and intimacy.  Try to check this out and get to know this good ole folktale done in a way that's psychologically challenging. 
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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
I was initially drawn to the film because of the impressive cinematography and great shots. But I was genuinely surprised that this movie has an interesting plot, too, and although... more
I was initially drawn to the film because of the impressive cinematography and great shots. But I was genuinely surprised that this movie has an interesting plot, too, and although it started out quite dragging ( the convent scene), viewers will ultimately find it engaging once the story on Bluebeard and  the wives unfold. Laudable performances by the lead characters Thomas, Creton and Baiwir,  although their portrayals could still be improved. This is another masterpiece of director Catherine Breillat who's much associated with the cinema du corps genre. Popular for films that shed controversy and depictions of sexuality and violence, she gives her own take of this fairytale and adds her own twists to it which include sibling rivalry.  Consider watching this film and get to know Bluebeard on an entirely new scope. 
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