Directed by Catherine Breillat • 2009 • France
Starring Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir
The first installment in Catherine Breillat’s planned trilogy of films reworking classic fairy tales, this subversive take on Charles Perrault’s BLUEBEARD gives the famous story a sly feminist twist. Through striking storybook visuals, Breillat spins the tale of Marie-Catherine (Lola Créton), who is forced into becoming the young bride of an aristocratic ogre (Dominique Thomas) with a notorious reputation for murdering his wives. As she navigates her new life in Bluebeard’s castle—and wonders what’s behind the mysterious locked door she has been forbidden from entering—Marie-Catherine must employ all her cunning to outwit her husband and escape the most unpleasant of fates.