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Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers collide in this epic film from the visionary director of Gomorrah.
Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile, Tale of Tales unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the misadventures of three kings.
In the kingdom of Longtrellis, the King (John C. Reilly) and his Queen (Salma Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means. Meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries his daughter off to a brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea. At the same time, the sex-obsessed ruler of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman with whom he falls in love is not quite what she seems. Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Item model number : 35733841
- Director : Matteo Garrone
- Media Format : NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 13 minutes
- Release date : September 6, 2016
- Actors : Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones
- Studio : Shout Factory
- ASIN : B01GSW5VES
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #71,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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At first the movie seems like it will be about Hayek’s struggles with her young son. He has a twin from another woman that deeply angers Hayek. Then the story goes off about another king played by Toby Jones that has a giant insect as a pet and a daughter to be married off as well and then a third king played by Vincent Cassel who is a womanizer who falls in love with the voice of an old hag. All three stories end up meandering along and the first especially drags. It doesn’t appear that there is any point to any of them. It’s not until 2/3 of the way through that things start happening. By then you have to ask yourself whether it even matters it took so long.
My biggest complaint however is the ending... there really isn't one. Most of the conflicts aren't wrapped up and we are left wondering what happened to most of the characters. I wouldn't call it a waste of my evening, but I also wouldn't watch it again.
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Three captivating stories, beautifully woven into a colourful and visually capitivating cinematic tapestry. Very bizarre and out of the ordinary. You wouldn't read these stories to your kids at bedtime, but as fairy tales for adults, it's a very special treat indeed.
If you're passionate about film, don't miss out.
I loved it.
It's not that the writing is poor, just that trying to run all the tales together doesn't work well, and the pacing of the film suffers because of it.
I resisted buying this film due to a few poor reviews and am sorry I waited so long. It is not subtitled and the cast is made up of British and European actors that all speak in English. This is really a Faery story for thinking adults, one that delves into human failings and obsessions whilst delivering a visually rich ride through a semi-mythical 16th century reality. It left me wishing there were more films of this calibre being released today. Just brilliant