Maud Taylor
Owen Gleiberman
March 31, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bluebeard

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
80 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/26/10
performer
Dominique Thomas, Lola Creton
director
Catherine Breillat
author
Catherine Breillat
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

Catherine Breillat, the French director of Fat Girl, blends victim feminism with the threat of slasher violence in this arid ”deconstruction” of Bluebeard, the wife killer of legend. When her father dies, Marie-Catherine (Lola Creton), a wily waif, marries an aristocrat (Dominique Thomas) with a sinister history. He’s paternally gentle with her, but that’s just a ruse in a movie that has all the when-will-he-draw-the-scimitar suspense of Friday the 13th as made by Robert Bresson. In other words, none at all. Breillat is gifted, but there’s no mystery in her stacked decks. C

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