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Tale of Tales

Romance . Horror . History . Fantasy

A fantasy film with horror elements, "The Tale of Tales" is loosely inspired by the 17th century collection of fairy tales of the same name by Italian writer Giambattista Basile.

Actors: Bebe Cave , Jessie Cave , Kathryn Hunter , Stacy Martin , Hayley Carmichael , Shirley Henderson , Toby Jones , John C. Reilly , Vincent Cassel , Salma Hayek
Directors: Matteo Garrone
Country: ITALY , FRANCE , UK
Release: 2016-04-22
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  • 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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    A slightly bumpy two hours of storytelling, but it's peppered with wonder and unexpected humor.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • 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.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    Tale of Tales might lack magic in the immediate, flashy sense, but its strange spell is altogether seductive and special.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • 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.

    CineVue Full Review
  • 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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lee Marshall

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

    Screen International Full Review
  • 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.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    Tale of Tales is magnificent, the way a performing bear can be magnificent.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • 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.

    Variety Full Review
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