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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 »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Nicolas Gob ... Maxime
Louka Meliava Louka Meliava ... Tristan
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

Perduras is a new character that was created for this movie only. See more »

Quotes

Belle: God of the forest. Let me go back to him. It is my only wish. My only desire.
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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 Beauty and the Beast (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sauras Tu M'Aimer
By François Welgryn and Olivier Reine
English adaptation by Jeremy Clancy (as Jeremy Clancy)
Performed by Yoann Fréget (as YOANN FREGET), Olivier Reine (piano) and F.A.M.E.'S. Project (as Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra)
Courtesy of Mercury Music Group, UN Label Universal Music France Éditions Eskwadzik/ Pathé Production
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Good...not great.
4 July 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The story "Beauty and the Beast" is a classic. However, there is no one definitive version. Instead, it's a folk tale that's been passed down for generations until a very popular version was written by a couple women well over two centuries ago. And, since then, other versions have also been written. I mention this because if you watch ANY version of the story, you must accept that they will be different. This version is very different from the two most famous versions, Disney's and "Belle et Bête" (1946) by Jean Cocteau...and that's okay with me.

This new French version is different from many other versions because it concentrates much more on the family's back story and how awful Belle's siblings are. This is a highly dysfunctional family and the father seems oblivious to the monsters he's helped to create. All are monsters, except for Belle. And eventually, you learn that the father isn't all that wonderful either. When he's lost in the forest in the cold, he seeks shelter in what looks like an abandoned castle. However, after eating like a pig from the sumptuous dining table, the guy begins stealing stuff from the place. He says it's because it's abandoned...but the food was warm and obviously the guy was just a thief. On the way out, he stops to pick a single rose for his sweet daughter--and that is when the beast appears and tells him of his punishment. He will be allowed to return home to put his things in order, but he MUST return to be the creature's prisoner. But, when Belle learns of this, she bolts to the castle--offering up herself instead. As for the rest of the tale, it's NOT what you'd expect. There is a story involving Belle's crappy brother and some money-lenders as well as the creature's back story. Unlike most versions, this one slowly reveals bits and pieces of this sad tale and exactly why he's been turned into a beast is quite strange. But again, since there is not one version of the story, such license is understandable.

So was this film worth seeing? Well, yes and no. It's far from the best version I've seen but it is worth your time. Major pluses are how beautiful the film is in many places as well as a few changes to the generally accepted story. I appreciate how Belle's father really DID deserve to be punished, whereas in other versions Beast just seems mean and unfair in punishing the old guy. But, what didn't thrill me was the amount of extra story. With all the subplots and back story, so much of the romance between Belle and Beast is missing--and her falling for him seems to make far less sense. Plus, while some will love all the CG, I think after a while it was just too much--such as the HUGE creatures that appear at the end and start stomping on everyone as well as the bizarre crazy-eyed puppy creatures! I prefer a simpler version that is a bit smaller in scope and less intense. Call me a romantic at heart, but a bit less would have delivered so much more.

By the way, the version I saw DID have English subtitles, but they were not very good in places. Once in particular, I would have misunderstood an important part of the film had I not understood what they were actually saying in French.


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