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La belle endormie (2010)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 8 July 2011
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A young princess is the subject of a tug-of-war among witches, as each struggles to find the suitable antidote to a death sentence inculcated by an evil sister.

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Catherine Breillat

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Hans Christian Andersen (story "The Snow Queen"), Catherine Breillat (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Besnaïnou Carla Besnaïnou ... Anastasia
Julia Artamonov Julia Artamonov ... Anastasia 16 ans
Kerian Mayan Kerian Mayan ... Peter (as Kérian Mayan)
David Chausse David Chausse ... Johan
Luna Charpentier Luna Charpentier ... Petite brigande
Rhizlaine El Cohen Rhizlaine El Cohen ... Brigande adulte
Delia Bouglione-Romanès Delia Bouglione-Romanès ... La chanteuse Tsigane
Diana Rudychenko Diana Rudychenko ... Véroutchka
Maricha Lopoukhine Maricha Lopoukhine ... Grand-mère
Jean-Philippe Tesse Jean-Philippe Tesse ... Le père (as Jean-Philippe Tessé)
Dounia Sichov Dounia Sichov ... Fée aînée
Leslie Lipkins Leslie Lipkins ... Fée puînée
Camille Chalons Camille Chalons ... Fée cadette
Romane Portail ... Reine des neiges
Anne-Lise Kedvès Anne-Lise Kedvès ... Mère de Peter (as Anne-Lise Kedves)
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The princess Anastasia is cursed by the witch Carabosse to die but three teenage fairies change it and the girl falls into a deep sleep for one hundred years to wake-up as a sixteen year-old teenager. Along her dream, Anastasia takes a ghost train and is adopted by a woman that lives in the woods with her son Peter that becomes her stepbrother. Soon Peter is seduced by the Snow Queen and leaves home with her. Anastasia seeks him out and travels through the kingdom of albino King and Queen that offer her a stagecoach to help her to travel. However Anastasia is attacked by gypsy bandits that kidnap her, but she befriends a gypsy girl that offers a magic animal to ride in her quest. Out of the blue, the sixteen year-old Anastasia is awaken by Peter's grandson Johan. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,553, 15 July 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,791, 23 October 2011
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Fée aînée: You know nothing about humans. They know they'll die, but they don't worry about it, and waste their time.
The other fairies: [scandalised] No! They waste their time?
Fée aînée: But of course. It's their favourite pastime.
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Challenges our conventional notions of childhood
3 October 2010 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

In her second deconstruction of a classic fairy tale, Catherine Breillat has taken on the story of The Sleeping Beauty as first imagined by Charles Perrault in the seventeenth century. In turning the sweet children's fairy tale into a coming of age fantasy filled with sexual tension, Breillat challenges our conventional notions of childhood and asks us to confront our fears about growing up, a topic far removed from the banalities of Walt Disney animation. Like her previous work Bluebeard, Breillat's version of The Sleeping Beauty establishes the world of children as one filled with both terror and unimagined beauty. It is a world that is playful, erotic, frightening, and magical.

In the classic tale, a wicked fairy curses a young infant girl by proclaiming that when she reaches the age of 15, she will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Unable to completely reverse the spell, one of the good fairies says that the princess will instead sleep for a hundred years until awakened by the kiss of a prince with whom she will live happily ever after. In Breillat's version, the infant is cursed by the fairy Carabosse (Rosine Favey) to die at an early age as three good fairies (Dounia Sichov, Leslie Lipkins and Camille Chalons) stand by.

The good fairies cannot reverse the witch's curse but they can modify it, declaring that the girl at age six will fall into a sleep for 100 years and then wake up as a beautiful 16-year old teen. The girl, Anastasia (Carla Besainou), evoking Alice in Wonderland, looks for her love in dream sequences that fill the majority of the 82-minute film. In the vividly imagined dreamscape, Anastasia rebels against the notion of girls as princesses who are asked to be polite and stay out of sight. She declares that she wishes her name was Vladimir and discards her furs and dainty dresses. In the first sequence, one of the best, she visits a French family in a remote forest where she is lovingly taken in by a widow (Anne-Lise Kedves), then becomes enamored with her teenage son (Kerian Mayan) in scenes that evoke a world of innocence and purity.

The boy, however, is lured by the mythical Snow Queen (Romane Portail) even though warned by his mother and turns hardhearted and cold. Undaunted by his sudden turn, the young Anastasia looks up the definition of the word puberty in the dictionary and then goes to search for him. In scenes of breathtaking beauty created by the cinematography of Denis Lenoir and the art direction of Francois-Renaud Labarthe, Anastasia traverses a world of magical trains, albino rulers, dwarf station masters, a knife-wielding gypsy, and enchanted animals.

Although Anastasia says that she hates the world of little girls, she exists in a world of enduring childhood, all created from the dark imaginings and erotic longings of her mind which become real when the now sixteen year old Anastasia (Julia Artamanov) at last wakes from her dream and experiences loves from both a woman, Gypsy girl (Rhizlaine El Cohen), and a man, Johan (David Chausse), the great grandson of Peter. The Sleeping Beauty continues in the mode that Breillat is known for - exploring the world of female sexuality by using a fairy tale to encompass both the safe and the loving as well as the dangerous and forbidden, always threatening our comfort levels, yet providing a grand piece of entertainment.


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