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La belle et la bête (2014)

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An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... La Bête / Le Prince
... Belle
... Le marchand
... Perducas
Myriam Charleins ... Astrid
... Anne
Sara Giraudeau ... Clotilde
Jonathan Demurger ... Jean-Baptiste
Nicolas Gob ... Maxime
Louka Meliava ... Tristan
... La Princesse
... Louis
Wolfgang Menardi ... Thierry
... Etienne
Arthur Doppler ... Virgil
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An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.

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The legend is reborn...


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Rated PG-13 for some fantasy violence, sensuality and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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23 September 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La bella y la bestia  »

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Budget:

€33,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,315,648
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2.35 : 1
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In the tale, Belle's father spends the night in the castle to rest and leaves in the morning, whereas he leaves immediately after having dinner in this movie. Furthermore, he begs the Beast for forgiveness after taking the rose and promises to come back in the original story. Here, he defies the Beast, forcing it to threaten his family. See more »

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[the Beast Catches The Merchant Taking a Rose]
The Beast: My gifts were not enough for you? Do you also have to steal what I treasure most?
The Merchant: I won't be treated as a thief or a coward. I am a just and honorable man!
The Beast: Who did you pick this rose for?
The Merchant: My youngest daughter. She is worth more than anything in the world, to me.
The Beast: Then I will give you one day to say goodbye to your loved ones. You only need to whisper the words: "More than anything in the world," to your horse, and he will bring you here.
The Merchant: I will not ...
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Version of Beauty and the Beast: A Concert on Ice (1996) See more »

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Air - Suite in F Major HWV 348 - Water Music
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Haendel)
Performed by The Slovac Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of Miss Daisy/ Rendez-Vous Digital
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Captivating and enchanting fantasy, beautiful but not faultless

La Belle et la Bete has all the whimsical magic and fantasy of a captivating fairy tale but with the humanity of a feature adaptation.

There is just something about these fables that have the ability to touch the audience's heart. La Belle et la Bete (Beauty and the Beast) brings the French fairy tale to life in an equally as wondrous but more realistic manner than the Disney classic.

American audiences will recognize the story without confusion as only minor changes are made with Christophe Gans's adaptation. A once prestigious and wealthy sea merchant (André Dussollier) is left disgraced and penniless when his three cargo ships go missing. With everything confiscated by the banks to compensate for his debts, the newly destitute family retreats to the provincial countryside. The merchant and father becomes lost when returning from a trip to the city. Seeking refuge, he finds shelter in a mysterious but magical castle. Overstepping the castle's generosity, the father must trade une vie pour une rose, a life for a rose.

The French film La Belle et la Bete is what I had so desperately desired but failed to receive from Disney's Maleficent. Though it does not attempt to reinvent the tale from an alternative perspective, La Belle et la Bete does give audiences a refreshingly real story rather than a romanticized but far fetched fable.

In every scene and with every single frame, director Christophe Gans captures the magical and otherworldly awe inherent in a fairy tale. The castle's fortress is a maze of crumbling corridors and overgrown staircases that we explore with Belle during the day. From the set design and landscapes to the opulent costumes and cinematography, La Belle et la Bete transports its audiences to a magnificent and enchanting fantasy land.

In almost all regards, La Belle et la Bete is an overwhelming success but there are weaknesses in the narrative and film. The CGI is vastly inferior to the rest of the environment of the film and is a distraction. The writers and director do not take the added time to truly cultivate a love story between Belle (Léa Seydoux) and la Bete (Vincent Cassel). For a film that claims its genre to be romance, this is rather a large component and therefore complaint. Further the introduction of the Gaston character and eventual climax at the castle feels rushed and slightly out of place.

La Belle et la Bete is a spectacular cinematic experience that should be voraciously devoured by lovers of the fantastical, especially children. (Though there is nudity, it is minimal, tasteful, unavoidable and completely nonsexual.)

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