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Film info: La Belle endormie

Film Information

Original Title La Belle endormie
English Title The Sleeping Beauty
Director Catherine Breillat
Year 2010
Format HD
Colour Color
Duration 82 min
  • Carla Besnaïnou, Julia Artamonov, Kérian Mayan, David Chausse
  • Guión: Catherine Breillat
  • Fotografía: Denis Lenoir
  • Montaje: Pascale Chavance
  • Producción: Sylvette Frydman, Jean-François Lepetit


The beginning is pure fairytale and recalls Catherine Breillat’s 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.

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