- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 22, 2010
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Strand Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Original theatrical trailer
- Other strand releasing trailers
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - French
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 03/26/2010
"In BLUEBEARD, a sly rethink of the freakily morbid fairy tale, the filmmaker Catherine Breillat makes the case that once-upon-a-time stories never end."
A.V. Club - 03/25/2010
"[S]teering clear of fairy-tale frippery throws the whole piece into unfamiliar territory, which is no doubt just how Breillat wants it." -- Grade: B+
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2010
"[Breillat] can still produce sumptuous and memorable images. The brilliance of her BLUEBEARD -- besides the original story -- resides in its simplicity and directness."
Controversial filmmaker Catherine Breillat puts a new spin on an ancient story in this multileveled drama. In France in the mid-'50s, Catherine (Marilou Lopes-Benites) enjoys toying with her older sister, Marie-Anne (Lola Giovannetti), by reading her the story of the murderous and oft-married Bluebeard, embellishing the story with plenty of gore and scaring the girl out of her wits. As Catherine rereads the story, we're taken back to the year 1697, as Lord Bluebeard (Dominique Thomas) prepares to make Marie-Catherine (Lola Créton) his seventh wife. Marie-Catherine's youth and innocence make her an especially attractive quarry to Bluebeard, and rather than murder her right away, he decides to wait a while in order to savor the terrible joy of claiming her life. However, as Bluebeard becomes caught in a cycle of events that keep him from following through on his wife's murder, the two slowly become something like a normal couple and Marie-Catherine begins to turn the tables on her spouse. BARBE BLEUE (aka BLUEBEARD) received its world premiere at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.
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