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Bluebeard

Bluebeard
  • 2009
  • France
  • 107 min
  • Directed by: Catherine Breillat
  • Written by: Catherine Breillat
  • Cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benite
  • Language: French

This dark, misogynistic tale about a nobleman with a penchant for uxoricide (murder of a wife) is given a feminist twist, exploring the contradictions implicit in both romantic and feminist impulses. Somewhat visually sparse, but with an excellent cast, it is an idiosyncratic take on the fairytale and costume drama genres.

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