From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis, to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of a king, to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea, these tales are inspired by the fairytales by Giambattista Basile.
The film serves as Garrone's English-language debut and will interweave three separate story strands bookended by brief bits in which Italians Alba Rohrwacher and Massimo Ceccherini will play a street circus family. In one tale Salma Hayek will play a jealous queen who forfeits her husband's life. In another, Vincent Cassel plays a king whose passion is stoked by two mysterious sisters. Written by
The movie is based on the Pentamerone ("The Tale of Tales, or Entertainment for Little Ones"), a collection of fairy tales by 17th century Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile. See more »
In the first story the King is in a 16th century 'diving suit', which if not odd enough in itself, has no air tank or air source while he is under water for minutes doing battle with a giant sea monster. See more »
I'm a huge fan of fantasies/ fairy tales, and when I was a little girl (6-7), I loved old-fashion fantasy movies such as Fantaghiro or Der Ring des Drachen, which are really old school now, but then they had a certain charm. The lack of green-box, advanced sound-tech... etc made them charming, the story lines were simple but always easy to follow, to perceive and amusing. At the end, the Good usually won, the Bad suffered. So I expected something like that after reading the official summary on IMDb... What I got was a great mess of separate story lines, often boring (with a couple of nice shots, I must admit...), terrible sounds and no real ending at all. In my opinion, it was a waste of time, and I was really-really disappointed, of the acting too. (Sorry Vincent Cassel, I'm a dedicated fan, but this was....)
Maybe if I'd be more familiar with Italian fairy tales, I could have understood what's going on, but I think it's a core mistake in a movie if you cannot make out the story without background knowledge (e.g. Harry Potter movies, or The Lord of the Rings, which are absolutely great without having read the books.)
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