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Tale of Tales(Il racconto dei racconti)

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Italy, France, United Kingdom · 2015
Rated R · 2h 14m
Director Matteo Garrone
Starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Romance

The Queen of Selvascura risks the life of one close to her 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 forces his daughter into a cruel marriage.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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