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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.

Director:

Christophe Gans

Writers:

Sandra Vo-Anh (scenario and dialogue), Christophe Gans (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... La Bête / Le Prince
Léa Seydoux ... Belle
André Dussollier ... Le marchand
Eduardo Noriega ... Perducas
Myriam Charleins Myriam Charleins ... Astrid
Audrey Lamy ... Anne
Sara Giraudeau ... Clotilde
Jonathan Demurger Jonathan Demurger ... Jean-Baptiste
Nicolas Gob ... Maxime
Louka Meliava Louka Meliava ... Tristan
Yvonne Catterfeld Yvonne Catterfeld ... La Princesse
Dejan Bucin ... Louis
Wolfgang Menardi Wolfgang Menardi ... Thierry
Mickey Hardt ... Etienne
Arthur Doppler 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The legend is reborn...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bella y la bestia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€33,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,315,648
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Sound Mix:

CDS (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, there are no creatures or living objects in the Beast's castle in the original tale. This was made popular by Disney's animated movie. See more »

Quotes

Belle: You dress in the finery of a prince, you claim you're a man, but you're just a cruel and lonely beast. Try whatever you want to enchant me, to bribe me. You'll always disgust me!
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Crazy Credits

The film title and part of the closing credits appear within a fairytale book. See more »

Connections

Version of The Scarlet Flower (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Dark History Waltz
Composed by Brian Keane (as Brian Keane) and Ric Burns
Courtesy of Brian Keane Music INC/ASCAP and Steeplechae Films Music/ ASCAP
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Stunning, but Sluggish
9 July 2014 | by SacrificeSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this French version of "Beauty and The Beast" for the most part. The cinematography and character designs are beautiful. I liked the fantasy atmosphere and sense of exploration in the first half of the film. I also liked the mystery of the Beast's origin.

I appreciate the fact that it is more accurate to the fairy tale than previous adaptations. That being said, the second half deviates from the original story in a few respects and I found it sluggish in some parts. I found the final action sequence a bit too fantastical and left unexplained except via Deus Ex Machina. However, it certainly looks impressive.

Ultimately, the film isn't perfect. The story has been done many times before and this rendition is sluggish at times. Never-the-less, I recommend watching the film for its stunning beauty alone.


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