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Bluebeard(Barbe Bleue)

Switching between a young girl retelling the story of Bluebeard to her older sister and the story itself, this film puts a twist on the classic tale of the blue bearded aristocrat. In the story, a young girl named Marie-Catherine marries Lord Bluebeard, a man whose previous wives have all mysteriously disappeared within a year of the wedding.
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Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It's too convoluted by half, and turns what ought to be an idiosyncratic, delightful folktale-film into a baffling personal psychodrama with a nasty sting in its tale. Still, Breillat wouldn't be Breillat if she made movies that were easy to like, or to get your head around.
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Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Psychologically rich, unobtrusively minimalist, at once admirably straightforward and slyly comic, Catherine Breillat's Bluebeard is a lucid retelling and simultaneous explanation of Charles Perrault's nastiest, most un-Disneyfiable nursery story.
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Time Out by Keith Uhlich

The most impressive aspect of Breillat’s feature is that it agitates like the best fairy tales, seducing us with otherworldliness before sticking the knife in and permanently inscribing the moral.
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The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Ms. Breillat narrates the fairy tale three ways: in the period story, through the little girls and, finally, through the overall film. None are fully satisfying, but together they offer a sharp, knowing gloss on how our stories define who we were and who we become.
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New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Bluebeard revisits themes often found in Breillat's films -- sibling rivalry, pedophilia, gender conflict -- but it remains fresh and new.

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