Director: Matteo Garrone. Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly. 133 min. Rated R. Italy/France/UK. Fantasy.
Based on the writings of 17th century author Giambattista Basile, whose interwoven fairy tales of three kings, in terms of grotesqueness, put the Brothers Grimm to shame. The engaging story-lines, the mesmerizing cinematography, the hypnotizing soundtrack (predictably by the great Alexander Desplat), all make it very hard to look away - no matter how bizarre the narrative gets. There's the constant nagging question of what the film's message is all about, but if there's a film-maker who's brave enough to project such weird ideas and images on a screen, I'd buy his product any day.
PS. Thanks again Amir D., for making it possible!