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Beauty and the Beast (2014)

La belle et la bête (original title)
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An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.

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Christophe Gans

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Sandra Vo-Anh (scenario and dialogue), Christophe Gans (scenario and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... La Bête / Le Prince
Léa Seydoux ... Belle
André Dussollier ... Le marchand
Eduardo Noriega ... Perducas
Myriam Charleins Myriam Charleins ... Astrid
Audrey Lamy ... Anne
Sara Giraudeau ... Clotilde
Jonathan Demurger Jonathan Demurger ... Jean-Baptiste
Nicolas Gob ... Maxime
Louka Meliava Louka Meliava ... Tristan
Yvonne Catterfeld Yvonne Catterfeld ... La Princesse
Dejan Bucin ... Louis
Wolfgang Menardi Wolfgang Menardi ... Thierry
Mickey Hardt ... Etienne
Arthur Doppler Arthur Doppler ... Virgil
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An unexpected romance blooms after the the youngest daughter of a merchant who has fallen on hard times offers herself to the mysterious beast to which her father has become indebted.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The legend is reborn...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some fantasy violence, sensuality and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

23 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La bella y la bestia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€33,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,315,648
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

CDS (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to this movie, Belle's sisters don't show any remorse in the tale when their father tells them about the Beast's threat, but they immediately say this is Belle's fault for asking for a rose. See more »

Quotes

The Beast: Do you think, with patience and force of habit, you will end up loving me?
Belle: I love you already.
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Crazy Credits

The film title and part of the closing credits appear within a fairytale book. See more »

Connections

Version of Beauty and the Beast (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Dark History Waltz
Composed by Brian Keane (as Brian Keane) and Ric Burns
Courtesy of Brian Keane Music INC/ASCAP and Steeplechae Films Music/ ASCAP
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Looks good, but where's the love?
28 January 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. If you are looking for dancing tea cups or singing candelabras, you've come to the wrong movie. If you are looking for the Gothic approach to the dark psychological analysis of the original story … again, you've come to the wrong movie. Director Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, 2006) offers up a version that is neither animated Disney (1991) nor Jean Cocteau (1946), though his film does have a visual flair that will likely keep audiences (it's not for very young kids) engaged throughout.

The familiar story was first written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve in 1740, however, it's the revised version from Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756 that provides the fairy tale/fable that has been filmed so many times since. The story's genealogy based in France instills a bit more hope and responsibility in a project starring Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux and Andre Dussolier, and directed by the Frenchman Gans.

Ms. Seydoux is an admirable Belle, and her grace and beauty make for quite the contrast to her needy and entitled sisters. Her time in the castle with the Beast is limited, and therein is the film's biggest weakness. We never really see the transformation of the Beast to a man who repents, turns over a new leaf, and is worthy of love … it all just kind of happens thanks to the beautiful dresses. Mr. Gans and Sandra Vo-Anh co-wrote the script, and this misstep deflates the core of the story. We are on our own to interpret the messages of class warfare, greed, and judging others by looks. The focus instead is on the visual presentation, which at times is spectacular.

The set design and costumes are especially impressive and elaborate, and though the look of the Beast may not be precisely to your imagination, the film isn't shy about putting him front and center with the camera. Vincent Cassel's time as the Prince is pretty well done, and the CGI and explanation of the gold doe, nymph of the forest, magic healing water, pack of beagles and the curse are enough to move the story along … even if some details are lacking.

A bedtime story being read to two young kids is the framing device and might explain why the fantasy world is emphasized over the dark psychological undertones (more prevalent in the Cocteau version). While some might view the ending as somewhat mawkish, it's really nice to see happily-ever-after is not twisted into some contemporary take on independence.


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