Bluebeard Catherine Breillat, the French director of Fat Girl , blends victim feminism with the threat of slasher violence in this arid "deconstruction" of Bluebeard, the… Bluebeard Catherine Breillat, the French director of Fat Girl , blends victim feminism with the threat of slasher violence in this arid "deconstruction" of Bluebeard, the… 2010-03-26 PT80MINS. Sci-fi and Fantasy Dominique Thomas Lola Creton
Movie Review

Bluebeard (2010)

Bluebeard | FAR FROM LEGENDARY French director Catherine Breillat has talent, but fails to deliver her best work with Bluebeard , starring Dominique Thomas and Lola Creton.
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FAR FROM LEGENDARYFrench director Catherine Breillat has talent, but fails to deliver her best work with Bluebeard, starring Dominique Thomas and Lola Creton.
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Mar 26, 2010; Length: 80 mins.; Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Dominique Thomas

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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Originally posted Mar 30, 2010 Published in issue #1097 Apr 09, 2010 Order article reprints
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