La belle endormie

Feature Film | FR 2010 | 90' | Subtitled English

When Catherine Breillat makes a film of a fairy tale, one can be sure no children’s movie will come of it. Following BLUE BEARD (2009), she has taken on another folk tale that owes its popularity to Charles Perrault: »La belle au bois dormant,« known in the English-speaking world as SLEEPING BEAUTY. As was the case with BLUE BEARD before, the French filmmaker and author again renders a rather liberal interpretation of this classic tale from a decidedly female perspective. Like much of her previous work, her new film is another exploration of female wishes and carnal desires that proceeds without reserve – which has been cause for scandal, time and again, from her long-banned debut feature, A REAL YOUNG GIRL (1976), to FAT GIRL/FOR MY SISTER (2001). »Life is not a fairy tale,« Breillat writes about SLEEPING BEAUTY. »Love in early adolescence, like premature motherhood, brings one back to a different reality of life. It ‘puts the feet back on the ground,’ as the saying goes. The story is therefore not a fairy tale, but the account of the beginning of a life.« SLEEPING BEAUTY was the opening film of the Orizzonti section in this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Director & Script
Catherine Breillat
Based on the story LA BELLE AU BOIS DORMANT by
Charles Perrault
Photography
Denis Lenoir
Editor
Pascale Chavance
Production Design
François-Renaud Labarthe
Sound
Yves Osmu, Sébastien Noiré, Emmanuel Croset
Principal Cast
Carla Besainou, Julia Artamonov, Kérian Mayan, David Chausse
Producers
Jean-François Lepetit, Sylvette Frydman
Production
Flach Film Prodution, CB Films, Marathon

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Selected filmography Catherine Breillat

A REAL YOUNG GIRL (1976), 36 FILLETTE (1988), LE DIABLE AU CORPS (1990), PARFAIT AMOUR! (1996), FAT GIRL (2001), SEX IS COMEDY (2002), THE LAST MISTRESS (2007), BLUE BEARD (2009)