Barbe Bleue

Catherine Breillat

Focus France 80 min Fiction


Fairy tales often have main characters who are sort of serial killers of children: in other words, ogres. But Bluebeard is its symbolic figure. In the 1950s, it was also the favorite tale of good little girls. One of whom is Catherine, who loves to frighten her older sister Marie-Anne, by reading this fairy tale to her until she starts to cry. But Catherine also puts herself in the fairy tale by becoming Princess Marie-Catherine, Bluebeard’s last wife, the one who escapes the fate of all those he hung before her. Because she is the virgin princess that the ogre cannot make up his mind to kill. This hesitation will doom him. So the virgin gets the head of the giant.


French CinemaComing-of-ageFemale DirectorFamíliaHistoryLiteratureSex


Catherine Breillat

She is one of the great references of contemporary erotic cinema. Her work abounds with an incisive and epidermal look at sex and its aspects. Her filmography goes from luminous comedies to sordid thrillers. She has directed fifteen films, many of which have been part of the official sections of Cannes, Berlin or Chicago, where she won the Golden Hugo award for Best Film for À ma soeur!

Filmography: Last Summer (2023, D'A 2024), Abuse of Weakness (2013), The Sleeping Beauty (2010), Bluebeard (2009, D'A 2024), The Last Mistress (2007), Anatomy of Hell (2004, D'A 2024), Sex Is Comedy (2002, D'A 2024), Fat Girl (2001, D'A 2024), Brief Crossing (2001), Romance X (1999, D'A 2024), Perfect Love (1996, D'A 2024), À propos de Nice, la suite (col·lectiu, 1995), Dirty Like an Angel (1991), 36 Fillette (Virgin) (1988, D'A 2024), Nocturnal Uproar (1979), A Real Young Girl (1976, D'A 2024)

Catherine Breillat

Film information

Int. title: Barbe Bleue
Director: Catherine Breillat
Script: Catherine Breillat, Charles Perrault
With: Dominique Thomas, Lola Créton, Daphné Baiwir, Marilou Lopes-Benites
Country: France
Year: 2009
Length: 80 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Catalan