Elegantly sparse visually, concisely presented, and the actors are delightful. Recommended for fans of dark, romantic French fairy tales, like "La Belle et la Bete". This one is a bit morbid and gruesome, but beautiful as well.
Breillat's Perrault-derived diptych is something to be reckoned with. The Sleeping Beauty has a little bit more going on, on a formal level, but does it have Lola Creton? No, I submit that it does not.
I'm really sorry for the parallel structure of the film. The images of the two children reading "Bluebeard's" tale, that integrate a narration inside the reality of the film, are too much, frequently ruining the "main story", either by flawed humour or simply by cutting the emotion or suspense of its counter-part. Yet, this film has some of the most overwhelming shots I've seen for a long time. Breillat must be good.
It could have been longer but what I got was great. My fave Breillat film so far. With of the best child acting I've seen in a while, this dark period piece made an ancient legend feel real and urgent in a way unique to this director's vision. Underrated.
I loved the humor in this film. I'm unfamiliar with the source material. I wasn't sure what to expect with the parallel stories but felt like I 'got it'. It pulled off raunchy without being crude about it.