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Fairy tales often contain characters that are child serial killers – ogres. Bluebeard is the symbolic figure of this type of tale, and in the 1950s, was a favourite with good little girls. Catherine enjoys reading the fright- ening story to her older sister Marie-Anne to make her cry.
Catherine also projects herself into the tale by becoming Princess Marie-Catherine, the last wife of Bluebeard, the one who escapes the fate of all the others, because she is the virgin princess that he cannot make up his mind to kill. This elegant and restrained film turns tables on everyone at the end. Catherine has led her sister straight into the heart of darkness.
Catherine Breillat started out in 1967 by studying acting in Paris. Today she is an internationally known filmma- ker and novelist. An iconoclast and breaker of sexual taboo, Sight and Sound recently named her one of the 50 most visionary filmmakers of all time. Amongst her best known films are Romance (1999), Virgin (36 fillette) and Fat Girl! (2001).
Version: French, with English subtitles
Director: Catherine Breillat
Producer: Jean-Francois Lepetit, Sylvette Frydman
Screenplay: Catherine Breillat
Cinematography: Vilko Filac
Editing: Pascale Chavance
Music: Stephane Brunclair, Eric Bonnard
Cast: Daphne Baiwir, Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton