TELESCOPE Find international film
Browse All Films

Advanced Options

 

Tale of Tales(Il racconto dei racconti)

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭   Read critic reviews

Italy, France, United Kingdom

2015

Rated R • 2h14

Matteo Garrone

Director

Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson

Stars

Romance, Fantasy, Horror

Genre

Play Trailer
Play Trailer
 
Add to watchlist
Add to my Watchlist

The Queen of Selvascura risks everything to be a mother; the King of Roccaforte falls in love with the voice of a mysterious girl; the King of Altomonte becomes obsessed with a flea and neglects his daughter.

X

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Be the first to comment about this film.

WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

80

Screen International by

Garrone’s new film reminds us that traditional fables don’t need injections of contemporary relevance to grip, stir and disturb us.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Tale of Tales combines the wildly imaginative world of kings, queens and ogres with the kind of lush production values for which Italian cinema was once famous. The result is a dreamy, fresh take on the kind of dark and gory yarns that have come down to us from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, only here they're pleasingly new and unfamiliar.
75

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Although wobbly in parts like so many cinematic anthologies, Garrone's alternately silly and entrancing adaptation of Giambattista Basile's Neapolitan stories provides a welcome gothic antidote to more stately treatments of similar material.
80

CineVue by John Bleasdale

With starkly enigmatic, but beautifully wrought and filigree imagery, with a dark cutting humour which is bleak rather than ironic, Garrone is not interested in touching our hearts or giving us a comfortable moral.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is a masterpiece of black-comic bad taste and a positive carnival of transgression. The secret is the deadpan seriousness with which everything is treated.
70

Variety by Peter Debruge

Taken together, the parables serve primarily to entertain — an effect that has as much to do with Garrone’s command of the cinematic language as it does the content itself.
80

The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Tale of Tales dances on a razor’s edge between funny and unnerving, with sequences of shadow-spun horror rubbing up against moments of searing baroque beauty. The result is a fabulously sexy, defiantly unfashionable readymade cult item.

USERS WHO LIKED THIS FILM ALSO LIKED

Italian movie from 2015: They Call Me Jeeg

They Call Me Jeeg

Gabriele Mainetti
2015 Italy
X