White as Snow (8/10) Movie Review

 

White as Snow (8/10)

by Tony Medley

112 minutes.

R

We’ll sing in the sunshine

We’ll laugh every day

We’ll sing in the sunshine

Then I’ll be on my way

Gale Garnett 1964

If you were around in 1964, this is one of the songs you were singing. And the girl you envisioned as you sang this song was probably Claire (Lou de Laâge), who stars in this film as the innocent, protected stepdaughter of Maud (Isabell Huppert).

It is difficult to write about this movie without giving away spoilers. And I don’t like to do that. I saw this movie from the outset without having any idea what it was about, and it is much more enjoyable that way. Because it is a highly entertaining movie, I will refrain from commenting on its content.

Directed and written (with Pascal Bonitzer) by Anne Fontaine, it is a fairy tale loosely (very) based on the Grimm Brothers’ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

It is also a thriller with pervasive evil that is present every moment of the film. The acting is exceptional. de Laâge is reminiscent of Brigette Bardot in her prime, although in this film she looks a lot younger than her 29 years. She is captivating, scintillating, hot, and sexy as she seduces one man after another reaching the eponymic number as she finds her sexual freedom and revels in it.

Huppert gives another of her masterful performances as Claire’s evil stepmother. The way the cinematography (Yves Angelo) captures the beautiful French countryside contributes immensely to the quality of the film.  This movie moved along seamlessly. Enough said.  In French.

Tony Medley is an attorney, columnist, and MPAA-accredited film critic whose reviews and articles may be read in several newspapers and at rottentomatoes.com, CWEB.com, Movie Review Query Engine (mrqe.com), and at www.tonymedley.com. His most recent book is “Learn to Play Bridge Like a Boss,” the most complete “all in one” book for beginners and also for advanced players. He is also the author of three books, UCLA Basketball: The Real Story, Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed, the first book ever written on the interview for the interviewee and still in print after more than thirty years, having sold over a half million copies, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Bridge, which has sold over 100,000 copies. He is an American Contract Bridge League Silver Life Master and an ACBL accredited director.

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