Barbe Bleue

World Sales: Pyramide International

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).

Friday, September 18th, 8:00pm at Star St-Exupéry
In the presence of the film crew
Saturday, September 19th, 6:00pm at the Star


Country: France

Year: 2009

Duration: 80′

Version: French, with English subtitles

Cast & Credits

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