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[DVD] Film Review: Tale of Tales

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Starring Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, and Toby Jones, TALE OF TALES (2015) is an exquisite gothic masterpiece that pans out like a dramatic theatrical play. Directed by Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales is exactly what it promises.

A tale of three intertwined Baroque-inspired fairytales, it features a story about a king who doesn’t acknowledge that his daughter is growing up; a mother who refuses for her son to defy her; and two sisters who yearn to be forever youthful.

This fairytale of fairytales may sound remarkably average but it is more than just a narrative that offer fables with deep messages. Breathing life into the fantastical setting, Garrone’s vision and directorial approach is confidently bold.

From majestic castles to eerie magical forests, Garrone conjures a getaway that instantly teleports the audience on an adventure beyond one’s imagination. With the accompaniment of intricate props, delicate costumes and a cast brimming with talent and class, Garrone has no doubt utilised this freedom of creativity to the film’s full potential.

In Tale of Tales, Garrone is not afraid to show a bit of grotesque gore nor is he afraid to demonstrate a bit of nudity. For a film with minimal script, the camera is always on the move, enabling Garrone to showcase every detail in the spotlight.

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Whether it is to boast the film’s stunning visuals or the broad range of human emotions such as fragility and lust, this is a fantasy world in which you will need to see in order to believe it. Like a true fantastical nightmare, a string of intertwined events unfold one after another in heart-racing fashion. From one fable to the next, this storytelling technique keeps the audience intrigued right to the very end.

Overall: For those interested in indie films of the gothic-fantasy genre, we enthusiastically recommend film-goers to take on TALE OF TALES in their own time. With a mix of the real and surreal, this luscious gothic spectacle can be sometimes viciously brutal and somewhat mesmerising at the same time. A must watch! 

Rating: 8.5/10

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