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Tale of Tales (2015)

Il racconto dei racconti - Tale of Tales (original title)
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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.


Matteo Garrone


Edoardo Albinati (story), Ugo Chiti (story) | 3 more credits »
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23 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Salma Hayek ... Queen of Longtrellis
Vincent Cassel ... King of Strongcliff
Toby Jones ... King of Highhills
John C. Reilly ... King of Longtrellis
Shirley Henderson ... Imma
Hayley Carmichael ... Dora
Bebe Cave ... Violet
Stacy Martin ... Young Dora
Christian Lees ... Elias
Jonah Lees ... Jonah
Laura Pizzirani Laura Pizzirani ... Jonah's Mother
Franco Pistoni Franco Pistoni ... Necromancer
Jessie Cave ... Fenizia
Michael Martini Michael Martini ... 1st Circus Boy
Alessandro Campagna Alessandro Campagna ... 2nd Circus Boy


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 moha alomari

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Plot Keywords:

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Inspired by the Italian fables of medieval Naples. See more »


Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, some violence and bloody images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Italy | France | UK


English | Russian

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


€12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€897,983 (Italy), 18 May 2015, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,000, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,809, 22 May 2016
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Archimede,Le Pacte,Rai Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was based on the Pentamerone ("The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones"), a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile. See more »


The renaissance guitar that Princess Violet plays appears that it may have synthetic strings rather than gut strings. See more »


Imma: I want to be with my sister.
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Se l'aura spira tutta vezzosa, F 7.15
Composed by Girolamo Frescobaldi
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Captivating, Elaborate, Whimsical and Refreshingly Original
6 April 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

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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