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Tale of Tales

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Exclusive Area Premiere Engagement June 3–7

(2015) dir Matteo Garrone w/Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson [133 min; DCP]
Based on three spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile, TALE OF TALES unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of three kings: in the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (Reilly) and his Queen (Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means; meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Jones) marries off his daughter to a brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea; and, the sex-obsessed crown of Strongcliff (Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman he falls in love with is not quite what she seems. Overflowing with surreal, dazzling surprises, this intoxicating cinematic spectacle is a delirious excursion into the dark heart of fairy tales from the visionary director of Gomorrah.

“★★★★★! TALE OF TALES is fabulous in every sense… Gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, visually wonderful: erotic, hilarious and internally consistent… It immerses you in a complete created world.” – The Guardian

Grade: A “If you are sick and tired of this summer’s superhero-movie-a-week formula, drop everything and get to the Brattle for ‘Tale of Tales.'” – James Verniere, Boston Herald

(3½ of 4 stars) “TALE OF TALES balances otherworldliness and banality, sublimity and grotesquery, wonder and horror.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

“Unapologetically feminist and playfully dark.” – Tomris Laffly, Film School Rejects

“Tale of Tales is the most faithful and creatively rendered fairy tale onscreen to date, bizarrely satisfying and totally worth a patient, focused viewing.” – April Wolfe, LA Weekly

“A Grand Guignol pop-up storybook, full of metaphorical dark woods and morality plays.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

NYT Critics Pick NYT Critics’ Pick “Strip away the smatterings of sex and globs of gore, and children would really get a kick out of ‘Tale of Tales,’ Matteo Garrone’s colorful and kinky exploration of what women want. And what men will do to give it to them.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

“Monty Python by way of Tim Burton and The Princess Bride.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire


Buy Tickets: Tale of Tales

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Friday 6/3
at 4:30 7:15 10:00 PM
Saturday 6/4
at 12:15 3:00 5:45 8:30 PM
Sunday 6/5
at 12:00 6:30 9:15 PM
Monday 6/6
at 10:00 PM
Tuesday 6/7
at 10:00 PM

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