Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) directed this stylish adaptation of the classic fairy tale, in which a headstrong woman named Belle (Léa Seydoux) is forced to live with the monstrous Beast (Vincent Cassel) in his remote castle. As time passes, Belle learns to appreciate the Beast's nobler qualities, and her love proves the key to lifting his curse. André Dussollier and Eduardo Noriega co-star.~Jack Rodgers
Years ago when this was released in France/Germany, I purchased it through the Fr Amazon for my daughter. Though neither of us speak or understand French it's been one of our favorite movies? She is now 17 years old...came out of her room the other day so excited that they were selling this in the states now dubbed in English. Without hesitation... I took a quick look online to see if it was in stock at my local Best Buy...yes!!! I got right in my truck without delay....thank you BestBuy :) We stayed up until 4am watching it together. Surprisingly we were pretty on target with what we though was going on in the French version. Anyone who is a Beauty and The Beast fan will absolutely love this movie. The French need to remake every fairytale as they have done Beauty and the Beast. I must also add that if you are not into fairytales as represented by American films for toddler/child/family genre this IS the film for you :) It truly is an adult/pg13 film with a great story to tell. The Beast will frighten a toddler and most children under 8-10 depending on your child in a part or two. Either way, it wouldn't hold a very young child's attention for very long at all anyway. They're not going to see a Mother turned into a teapot lol.... This is pure drama, a fantastic plot, wonderful acting....The only thing I can say negative which is really a compliment is, I wish the movie was longer.....not because I felt it wasn't finished but because I felt I didn't want it to end :) Enjoy buy it!!!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
This was an amazing movie. Best in French. Definitely my favorite version of beauty and the beast.
I had never seen this movie before. I really liked it more than I
thought I would. I liked the plot & the idea that it does not matter what a person looks like on the outside, it's what in their heart that really matters. I would recommend watching this movie.
Many of our beloved fairy-tales are European, so when Europeans get to present their version of a story, it's always worthy of consideration. Vincent as Beast is authentic and this more realistic (if that's possible in a fantasy) take on the tale is engrossing, if not all sweetness and (Disney) light.
Vincent Cassel (Oceans 12) and Lea Seydoux (SPECTRE) were solid casting choices. While Christophe Gans' 2014 French film isn't quite as magical as Jean Cocteau's 1946 classic, it's visually stunning and an interesting departure in plot from the two Disney adaptations. Like the earlier Cocteau film, Belle has multiple siblings here, one of whom see a potential financial windfall after hearing their sister's tales of Beast's castle they suffer from the loss of their father's fortune. There's also a rather interesting subplot in flashback dreams which explains a different origin story for the castle's curse from other film adaptations. Also worth checking out from director Gans is the period French martial arts cult classic THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Faithful and Imaginative
A really cool re-imagining of the classic fairy tale (Note: This isn't an adaptation of the Disney movie) that brings really interesting concepts and visuals to an audience that may not have known the true Beauty and the Beast story. If you've only seen the Disney versions I'd happily recommend this as it adds new elements from the original story that makes this *ahem* tale as old as time feel fresh again. Worth a watch.