This movie is based somewhat more authentically on the Grimm Brothers' story of a young woman who is unliked by her stepmother. When young Lillian's mother dies during childbirth, her father soon remarries the well-intentioned Lady Claudia. However, Claudia's heart is ruled not by her husband, but by an evil mirror with the power to make Claudia Queen over all living things - until they are dead. A failed attempt to murder young Lillian leaves her wandering lost in a deep dark forest where she comes across seven ruffian gold miners. This movie takes place at the time of the Crusades, and depicts the attitudes of the wealthy and the peasant classes toward each other.Written by
BOB STEBBINS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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The tree Lilli picks the apple from near her mother's grave is in fact an oak tree. See more »
[Claudia has defaced Lilli's mother's grave]
She knew I would come back.
[Stepping out from behind another grave]
Let's not disappoint her then.
[Lilli walks towards him, and smiles]
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This is a great movie for all fantasy-lovers. For the first time they have made a "Grimm-tale" that actually follows the original story. It is sad to admit that the Grimm-brothers destroyed most of the folk-lore of Germany when they collected them. One might wonder why they did it ( what they did is that they made the folk-lore into stories for children and eliminated all the original horror, darkness and pessimism and made them all to nice tales with happy endings). One must admit that Sigourny Weaver is perfect in her role as an angry stepmother, and Sam Neill is not bad himself. So to all I must recommend this movie.
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