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It's in French, but that did little to prevent me from seeing it three times, and the songs have since not left my head - every day, when I go into my kitchen, I hear the song Catherine sang when baking the cake for the prince.
Because it's a musical and the scenes are supplimented by music, it tends offer you additional triggers to recall scenes from the movies during the course of any given day.
Must see! A true work of art. I'm shamefully hooked, as it was probably meant for children, but I have a feeling adults will get more out of it than kids.
Growing up in France, commercial TV played this movie every Christmas, just the way that here in the USA they were showing "It's a Wonderful Life." For us American children trapped in Paris at Christmastime, there was one great treat, a showing of "Peau D'Ane" every year to look forward to (this was in the days before DVDS and even VHS.) You'll see the special cake that Catherine Deneuve makes with her dirty twin, and you'll wonder why she makes such a flat cake for the prince--it's a visual reminder of our special Christmas cake, the "galette," round and flat, into which a shoe, a baby or other toy has been inserted. We would have a "buche de Noel" every year, always a cause for general applause. (The Princess slips a golden ring into the cake, and Prince Charming nearly chokes to death on it!) In many ways Demy puts in references to our charming French Christmas traditions. We would stay up late and have a midnight dinner the French servants called, the "Reveillon," an enormous feast with chickens, geese, sausage and sometimes quail.Read more ›
Even years later this movie still enchants me.
It's also a great movie to get kids used to subtitled movies.
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Saw this in the 1970s when I was studying French in college. Beautiful, exquisite film. But I have to admit, ANYTHING with Catherine Deneuve in it is bound to be beautiful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lithuania's Pride
I showed this to my French students at the high school level and although some of the plot is a little odd to them, they enjoyed it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jessikah
Ordered this DVD for one of my very close friends, who had mentioned in passing that she loved this move as a child and could never find it any where. Read morePublished on November 19, 2013 by Debra A. Parikh
I bougth the flick mostly for the memories, but ended enjoying it like 40 years ago. Transfer and music are great!Published on October 20, 2013 by Renzo Strada
I had seen this movie decades ago and had forgotten all about it. Recently I began to think about it and wondered if I saw it again, would I find it as enchanting as I did when I... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Anita
I found this at the library a few years ago and kept checking it out. Glad I could find it online and finally own it. Beautiful and cheese-ball. Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by Kisua
OK... Unlike most of the reviewers i have read from so far, I am not from France or french in anyway. Just came across this movie at a video store like about last year. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by Dassan
I love this film. It is a great funky fairytale with the beautiful Catherine Deneuve and Jean Marais. Read morePublished on June 28, 2010 by daylyreader
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