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Sleeping Beauty

France, French, 82 mins

Original Title

Belle Dormant
  • Director: Adolfo Arrieta
  • Writer: Adolfo Arrieta; Charles Perrault
  • Producer: Eva Chillón; Martinez Clara

CGiii Comment

Prince Egon, distracted and spoilt, spends every night smoking one cigarette after another and playing drums, to everyone's dismay. While on a helicopter flight he discovers the neighbouring kingdom of Kentz, cursed a century ago so that the whole population has fallen asleep. The only way to awaken them is to kiss the beautiful sleeping princess, Rosemunde. Prince Egon considers this mission as an absolute priority, despite the opposition of his father the king. He finds an ally in an attractive archaeologist from UNESCO, who will help him to succeed in the mission that has now become his dream. This film marks Ado Arrietta's return to feature films, directing a kitsch version of the famous fairy tale, over-the-top and intentionally unconventional, recalling Jean Cocteau and Alain Resnais'. In the cast we find Ingrid Caven, Fassbinder's favourite actress, in the role of the bad witch.


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Cast & Characters

Niels Schneider as Le Prince Egon de Letonia;
Agathe Bonitzer as Gwendoline / Maggie Jenkins;
Mathieu Amalric as Gerard Illinski;
Tatiana Verstraeten as Princesse Rosemunde;
Serge Bozon as Le roi de Litonia;
Ingrid Caven as La fee mechante;
Nathalie Trafford as La reine de Kentz;
Andy Gillet as Le roi de Kentz;
Vladimir Consigny as Le jeune homme mysterieux;
Olivier de Narnaud as Herve, l'ami chanteur d'Egon;
Isabelle Regnier as La premiere fee;
Eva Chillon as La deuxieme fee;
Fleur Albert as La troisieme fee;
Camille Genaud as La quatrieme fee;
Cecile Kiffer as Mme L. de la R.

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