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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.

Director:

Matteo Garrone

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Once Upon A Time, The Very First Fairy Tales Were Even More Grimm See more »

Genres:

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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Country:

Italy | France | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tale of Tales See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene with the King of Longtrellis fighting the aquatic dragon was supposed to be much more dynamic, but Matteo Garrone had to make some adjustments (for instance, the point of view shot of the King) because the dragon itself (an actual prop and not CGI) broke down while being shown to Garrone's son and his classmates during a break. See more »

Goofs

In the first story the King is in a 16th century 'diving suit', which if not odd enough in itself, has no air tank or air source while he is under water for minutes doing battle with a giant sea monster. See more »

Quotes

Imma: I want to be with my sister.
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Soundtracks

Se l'aura spira tutta vezzosa, F 7.15
Composed by Girolamo Frescobaldi
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Refreshingly different with a danger of unsatisfaction.
30 August 2016 | by thekarmicnomadSee all my reviews

This is an anthology of adult fairy tales. Rather than one after the other with a tie together the film opts for a more unusual parallel running of the three stories.

If I was to sum this up in one word I would say it is unorthodox. The characters and plots do not conform to the normal templates you would expect, either do the themes. The plots twist and turn like a path into a dark enchanted wood.

This film has excellent production, acting, script. There were more boobs, gore, rape and breast feeding than I was expecting but saying that, this film is not pornographic, disturbing or violent; a pretty safe watch.

The story lines keep you guessing as they have a life of their own. This is very refreshing but causes a satisfaction problem I also did not expect.

Consider this: Imagine you watch a film about a man planning to sail around the world. You follow him as he builds his boat, saves up money, gets his sailors licence and an anchor tattoo. Then fifty minutes in, the boat burns down so he decides to buy a plane ticket instead. If you think that sounds really annoying then you may want to give this a miss.

Very interesting, very different, well acted and produced. It keeps you on your toes the whole way. Don't expect the pay-off to be too great or to head anywhere near you thought it would.


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