Tale Of Tales
Cert: 15 Year: 2015 Length: 134 mins
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Score: 62.2% Attendance: 102
A fairy tale you can come and see without feeling you should bring your children...in fact, you DEFINITELY should leave them at home! Matteo Garrone ('Gomorrah') has put his own spin on the fairy tales collected by Giambattista Basile in the 16th century, to produce "something of a ready made cult item – equal parts Pasolini and Python, and the kind of film you've spent the past ten years wishing Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton would make" - Robbie Collin, Telegraph.
The three tales revolve around three connected kingdoms. The first is ruled by John C Reilly and Salma Hayek who will do ANYTHING to get a child... In the second, Vincent Cassel plays the sexaddicted monarch who is duped by 'an aged crone' with surprising consequences (well, maybe not surprising in this film...) and in the third, Toby Jones, in a "masterpiece of clowning" - Robbie Collin again - becomes obsessed with a flea on his daughter's arm which becomes a test for her future suitors (you have got to see this to understand!).
The whole effect is "gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful: erotic (and) hilarious" - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian. So, if you want a couple of hours of weird, erotic fun with a twist of horror, this one is for you! I can't wait...
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