Bluebeard, Catherine Breillat's feminist adaptation of a fairytale, makes its local premiere at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall at 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2. Here's our review of the film.
(France, 2009) Catherine Breillat (Romance
, Anatomy of Hell
) adapts a Charles Perrault fairytale in this film about two sisters (Marilou Lopes-Benites and Lola Giovannetti) who read a fairytale about a rich Lord (Dominque Thomas) with a hideous blue beard who has trouble finding eligible women to marry because. While two sisters read the story, sisters Marie-Catherine (Lola Creton) and Anne (Daphne Baiwir) living in another century all together experience it firsthand. The film’s framework can be confusing at times but the story is a good one that takes an unexpected turn when Marie-Catherine becomes so attached to the ogre-like Lord. She even dislikes it when he leaves her alone in the caste for too long. But after discovering the bodies of the women he’s killed, her perspective changes and the film careens toward a tragic conclusion. *** (Jeff Niesel)