From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
The film serves as Garrone's English-language debut and will interweave three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Salma Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life. In another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. Written by
The scene with the King of Longtrellis fighting the aquatic dragon was supposed to be way more dynamic, but Matteo Garrone had to recur to some expedients (i.e. the point of view shot of the King) because the dragon itself (an actual prop and not CGI) broke down while it was shown to Garrone's son and his classmates during a break. See more »
Jonah plunges his knife into the root of a tree to bring forth a spring of water, telling Elias that as long as the water flows clear, then all is well with him. The tree appears to be a Ficus macrophylla or Moreton Bay Fig Tree from Queensland and New South Wales, Australia, and first described in 1807. It is unlikely that any large specimens of these trees were growing in Europe during the period in which the movie is set. See more »
I had the chance to see this movie. As with most, I didn't have a chance to see any trailers so I had no idea what to expect.
In a word, I would call the movie unique and not just another fairy tale movie like all the others. These have a darker twist to them and a fate and/or consequences for those involved. The movie has definite pluses and minuses.
Definite pluses: the music, the costumes, the beautiful exotic settings, the special effects, and the acting and choice of cast. All were very good.
I'm neutral on the separate plots. Some people say the plots are related and some say they aren't. I guess that's up to the viewer and how he/she interprets them. I'm not a particular fan of the macabre.
Definite minus: the movie as a whole piece of work is kind of a mess. The three stories jump around and there is no smooth time line of events. They are all kind of just thrown together. A visual mess.
Another minus: the ending. It just ends leaving you hanging and wondering what happened to certain people.
This movie is so unique that is can have such exceptional cinematography but yet have such jumbled up plot lines.
I guess the only main theme across all the stories is about obsession and how it can affect you and those around you if it is not kept under control.
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