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BARBE BLEUE

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BARBE BLEUE

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 78m 10s

Release date 16/07/2010

BBFCInsight Contains infrequent gory moments

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Catherine Breillat

Cast includes Dominique Thomas, Daphne Baiwir, Lola Creton, Marilou Lopes-Benites, Lola Giovanetti

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 06/07/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

BARBE BLEUE is a subtitled French period drama about an orphaned young woman who agrees to marry a wealthy Lord, despite rumours about his previous wives having met terrible ends.

Injury detail

In one scene, a young girl finds a large pool of blood, over which are suspended the bodies of three dead women. No obvious injuries are visible on the women but there are some streaks of blood on their arms and legs. Further gory moments include the sight of blood on a character's hands after they have handled a blood-covered key and of a severed head on a platter with some blood around the edge of the neck.

There is also a scene in which the head of a live duck is severed. The killing is quick and clean and therefore does not constitute animal cruelty in breach of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. After the head is severed, the bloody neck stump is visible for some time as the duck's carcass continues to flap.

There are scenes of emotional distress as characters weep over the body of a dead man and threat during a scene in which a blade is held to a woman’s throat. Mild sex references occur as a pair of young sisters discuss what 'homosexual' means.

Details

Title
BARBE BLEUE
Also known as
BLUEBEARD
Year
2010
Distributor(s)
New Wave Films Ltd
Classified date(s)
12/07/2010
Main language
French
Submitted run time
78m 10s
Approved footage
7035+0
BBFC reference
AFF270423
Registration number
CFJ21633
Remarks
Subtitled

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