DVD: Bluebeard (15)

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French provocateur Catherine Breillat delivers a typically idiosyncratic take on Charles Perrault's fairy tale about a serial-killing aristocrat in 17th-century France.

Two convents girls are informed, by a ghastly Mother Superior, that their father has died saving a child; the nun demands that they withhold their tears. One of the teenage sisters, Marie-Catherine (Lola Créton), falls prey to a "monster", the wealthy nobleman Bluebeard (Dominique Thomas). One day, when the brute is away, Marie-Catherine discovers something rather unpleasant in a forbidden room. An unsettling and gorgeously shot period piece.