Fiction

LA BELLE ENDORMIE

Sleeping Beauty, The
Catherine Breillat
FRA 2010
82min
V'10

The beginning is pure fairytale and recalls Catherine Breilats previous Barbe bleu in its simplicity and sense of foreboding. A young princess is the subject of a tug-of-war among witches, as each struggles to find the suitable antidote to a death sentence inculcated by an evil sister. The well-known story ensues and Breillat integrates into the narrative various worldwide mythologies about little girls in peril. The heroine finds her way back into civilization both through her dreams and through wilful projection. A particularly poignant chapter finds her ensconced in a conventional family, in love with an older boy and cared for by a loving adoptive mother. Lest we forget, this is a Breillat film, so the happiness cannot last. Breillat borrows bizarre tropes from other ancient tales, infusing the panoply of characters with albino rulers, dwarf station masters, gypsy bandits and enchanted animals. (Noah Cowan)

Credits
  • Julia Artamonov - Anastasia
  • Kérian Mayan - Peter
  • Carla Besainou - Anastasia, 6 Jahre
  • David Chausse - Johan
  • Romane Portail - Schneekönigin
  • Catherine Breilat
  • Emmanuel Croset
  • Yves Osmu
  • Sébastien Noiré
  • Denis Lenoir
  • Pascale Chavance
  • François-Renaud Labarthe
  • Rose-Marie Melka
Flach Film Arte France, CB Films

Pyramide International

Video (Digi Beta)
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