Tale of Tales

Tale of Tales

DVD - 2016
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Rating: Rated R; for sexuality, nudity, some violence and bloody images.
Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly are Queen and King in this gory, gorgeous grown-up fairytale full of princes and princesses, sorcerers and fairies,and fearsome monsters and ogres. Three story strands interweave with one another in this film from director Matteo Garrone. In one tale, Hayek plays a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life. In another, Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters.

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ScorchingSun
Apr 08, 2019

Unusual but oddly intriguing story telling, vacillating between silly comedy and horrific violence.
Note: the effort spent on elaborate makeup and sets (e.g. skinned woman, underwater monster) seemed wasted on-screen due to shadowy, dim lighting.

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Zorid
Jan 08, 2019

if you are looking for fairy tales, do not judge this DVD by its jacket.
These tales are graphically bloody, with two or three very explicit sex scenes. The stories are nightmarish, and if there is a moral to each, it is obfuscated by the gruesomeness of the production.
As to the group age suitability ... none.
I would attribute it 0 stars, but I will be generous and give it 1 just for the creative costumes.

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jimcrackmuthah1
Jul 31, 2018

Some very vivid characters, imaginative set designs and fine costumes, but the choppy and jerky editing ruins the continuity. Fun, but hardly memorable.

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misatim
May 30, 2018

Brilliant! Stories written ages ago can be seen in a contemporary light. A message for people in all stages of life. Never hold back your sons, pick your own partner, never crave being young, be careful what you lust after, don't think you know what is best for another, and know what to value. The scenes are breath taking and the costumes exquisite. The acting wonderful. A real message for people of today. A movie teens should watch.

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hammer59
May 25, 2018

It wont have broad appeal, but the costumes and the locations/ sets are lush and other worldly. A little long for my tastes, but interesting take on three stories written centuries ago.

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catherinemiller
Apr 05, 2018

AWESOME! Good job, you guys.

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nidus
Feb 15, 2018

This epic movie falls into the ‘must see” category. It is so different and the acting is so good that it would be a shame to miss. Caution: it is not for the prudish. That said, one can enjoy a very well done blend of three fairy tales involving three kings, and a menagerie of monsters, strange beasts and magical happenings. Well beyond what Hollywood could produce.

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jgrobillard
Feb 09, 2018

The Story telling is nearly non-existent. Not worth watching at all.

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patch666
Jan 02, 2018

bizarre and not in a good way ~

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patbik
Oct 25, 2017

Pointless, and an absolute waste of time!

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Zorid
Jan 08, 2019

Other: "Frightening or Intense Scenes"; "Violence"; "Sexual Context' do not even begin to describe it.

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ausnos
Feb 02, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The sea monster battle. A woman savagely eats a large heart.

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ausnos
Feb 02, 2017

Sexual Content: Lesbianism and other sexual scenes.

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ausnos
Feb 02, 2017

Violence: A man's chest is lacerated. The killing and dissection of a sea monster.

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ausnos
Feb 02, 2017

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dred
Dec 12, 2016

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peter_leitch
Sep 26, 2016

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jimg2000
Jun 23, 2017

Birth is always stained by death. And death, in turn, is simply one element of birth
and not even the most dramatic one. ... You want a child? Every new life calls for a life to be lost. The equilibrium of the world must be maintained.
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Who sings with such a beautiful voice? Where have you been hiding all this time?
... Don't hide! Stay out in the sunlight. Please, stay out to warm your cold king. Oh I see! So you want to play hard to get. Well, so be it. I have fought many wars in my time. And even the most impregnable fortress surrenders at last.
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Before long you will be old enough to be married and then you will depart these walls forever.
-Well... If that is indeed the case, then find me a husband.
A husband? What sort of husband would you like?
-Well... I'd like my husband to be courageous and strong and... handsome.
I'm sure such a man exists, but until we find him, please, do not agitate yourself over a future none of us can predict. ...

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