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
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Lilli's actual medical condition from the poisoned apple is called "locked-in syndrome," in which she is "imprisoned" within her body, remaining aware and awake but cannot communicate verbally or move the body except for the eyes. (Claudia describing the condition: "You can see, and you can hear, but from inside the tomb of your mind. No breath will escape your lips, no tears your eyes. To the world, you are dead... But you, my dear, you will have all eternity to remember.") See more »
The tree Lilli picks the apple from near her mother's grave is in fact an oak tree. See more »
You seem quite alive, for a little wench who's been rotting in the ground. I felt you stir. The moment you took your first breath, it was like a knife in my heart.
You have no heart.
That's too simple.
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A not-so-snowy and not-so-white version of the classic "unfair"-y tale.
This was a well done performance of the Grimm story, with Sigourney Weaver cast perfectly as the "Evil Witch Queen" character -- she makes the movie. The story flows well and doesn't lose you in faces, places and details. Nor does it ever get cutesy or sweet...there's no Disney-esque here! This *is* what happened to "Snow White" (and, there *was* one dwarf in the seven men she met; so that's O.K.!).
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