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
Captivating, Elaborate, Whimsical and Refreshingly Original
Entwined, enthralling and ancient tales of finding your heart, losing it or both; a libertine king lured by a sweet voice, a princess whose welfare is discarded in favor of her father's gruesome pet, a queen obsessed with having a child, a washing wench who becomes rich and forgets her former friend and more. Each tale revolves around the double edged sword of excess; taking or alternately sacrificing too much. Each character struggles with finding balance in their lives.
The tales, based on the Pentamerone stories by Giambattista Basile, are captivating, elaborate, whimsical and refreshingly original and unfamiliar. It was thrilling not to know how each story ended and to follow their surprising twists and turns. The film is totally different in many respects. It combines fantasy, horror, romance, allegory and comedy to good effect. It is Italian but the actors speak English. There are miraculous transformations, monsters, ogres, prophesies, acrobats and physical mazes as well as those of the mind. Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly are really wonderful and delightful in their unusual roles. There is such depth to these ancient and magical tales that even the most obnoxious theater goers, those answering their cell phones or unwrapping fifty cellophane encased candies at regular intervals, become unnoticeable. What gets more magical than that?! Tale of Tales first appeared in Cannes. Seen at the 2016 Miami International Film Festival.
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