Blancanieves Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Blancanieves

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Who's the fairest torero of them all?

  • Starring:

    Maribel Verdú, Sofía Oria, Macarena García, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Ángela Molina, Pere Ponce

  • Directed by:

    Pablo Berger

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are near-strangled, near-drowned, poisoned apple, tormented, mistreated, locked up, forced to perform manual labour, hair-pulled, splashed with water, pushed down stairs, hit with an object, murdered. A woman dies in childbirth. A woman dies from a heart-attack. A pet is butchered, served for dinner. Rabbit-hunting. A blade is thrown in anger. Blood/gore: People are gored by bulls. Bloody clothing, blood pool, dripping blood. Surgical procedures (cleaning wound, stitching, incision) and surgical instruments. A man is paralysed. Hypodermic syringe. A woman pricks her finger with a pin; dot of blood. Vomiting, gagging, spitting, biting. CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Corpses (animal and human). Twisted body in pool of blood. People kiss a comatose person on the lips. A man sleeps beside a comatose person.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A woman wears bondage/fetish gear, rides on a man's back. Semi-naked pictures on a circus canvas. People in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking (cigars and cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Religious references (prayer, first communion, religious statues and idols).

  • THEMES:

    Snow White, fantasy, fairytales, evil stepmother, attempted murder, father-daughter relationships, bullfighting, travelling sideshows, tragedy, amnesia, jealousy, revenge, murder, sabotage, legacy, resurrection, feria, morbid obsession.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital setting. Childbirth scene. A father rejects his newborn. Deceased wife/mother discussed, seen in flashback. Full moon, taxidermy (bulls), fireworks, campfire, dwarves. Bullfighting, bulls, horses, chickens, dogs, rabbit. Cooked chicken, fowl is eaten. Carnies. Fast editing has strobe effect. Silent film (with Spanish/subtitled text).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Beautiful, imaginative, inventive, melodramatic, charming, bold, decadent, reminiscent. Lively score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Over-stylised for some.

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