|Jacques demy's classic film of a princess fleeing marriage in her father's kingdom, wearing his prize donkey skin as a disguise.|
"...cinematic magic. Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...a wholly unique world of colorful sets, costumes, and characters. TV Guide
For Demy fans and Francophiles2/16/2009
I would like to preface this review by stating that this movie is not for everyone. I would probably not have been able to appreciate it myself had I not seen other Jacques Demy films before this one. But if you're a Demy fan, it will likely not disappoint. It's a typical Demy film, but with a bit of a twist. It features many of the actors that have appeared in prior Demy movies, lavish colors, and a soundtrack by Michel Legrand, but tells the tale of a little-known fairytale in these parts ("Donkeyskin"), which could be disturbing to some. Nevertheless, the acting by Catherine Deneuve and Jacques Perrin is very good and will please those who enjoyed previous Demy-Deneuve pairings such as "The Young Girls of Rochefort" and "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." Appearances by Jean Marais as the King and Delphine Seyrig ("Daughters of Darkness") as the Fairy Godmother are also pleasant. Like these other movies, the film is abound with color and, while the sets can be a bit cartoonish, it is beautifully photographed. Another plus is the soundtrack by Michel Legrand, who never disappoints. As for the plot, "Donkeyskin" is a Perrault fairytale that tells the story of a king who wishes to marry his daughter because his wife demanded that he not marry anyone more beautiful than her upon her death. Due to the lack of awareness of this fairytale in these parts, it may be a bit bothersome to some. Other things that may turn viewers off are some of the modern elements that have been added to this classic fairytale, such as the King and Fairy Godmother arriving in a helicopter at the end of the film. However I find this charming and funny in a way. If you're a Demy fan, it's definitely worth a watch. If you loved the color, music and star power of his previous films, you'll be sure to enjoy this one. Just keep an open mind and have fun watching!!!