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.
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.
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.