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by Catherine Breillat


Catherine gives her great pleasure to terrify the living daylights out of her elder sister Marie-Anne by reading her the infamous tale “Contes de ma mère l’Oye” until the poor girl is so frightened she bursts into tears. Catherine derives just as much pleasure from taking part in re-enactments of the fairy-tale and eagerly slips into the role of Marie-Catherine, Bluebeard’s last wife. Although all of Bluebeard’s other wives are executed, she is the only one who escapes this fate, being the virgin princess about whose death Bluebeard prevaricates.
A variation of a popular figure based on the real life Gilles de Rais, a comrade-in-arms of Joan of Arc and infamous child murderer.

international title: Bluebeard
original title: Barbe bleue
country: France
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Catherine Breillat
film run: 80'
release date: UK 16/07/2010
screenplay: Catherine Breillat
cast: Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton, Daphné Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites, Lola Giovannetti, Farida Khelfa
cinematography by: Vilko Filac
film editing: Pascale Chavance
costumes designer: Rose-Marie Melka
producer: Jean-François Lepetit, Sylvette Frydman
production: Flach Film, CB (Catherine Breillat) Films, ARTE France
distributor: New Wave Films
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