Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic fairy tale “The Beauty and the Beast’ has been adapted to film and television numerous times. There’s Jean Cocteau’s 1946 version, the 1987 CBS TV series starring Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton, and of course, the 1991 animated Disney musical film. While there’s a highly-anticipated live-action Disney adaptation of the fable, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as Belle and Beast respectively, set to be released next year, audiences can check out a different adaptation very soon. Christophe Ganz’s French-language “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel, will be ready for theaters this week.
The film follows the original tale’s story: A widowed, financially-ruined merchant (André Dussollier) is forced to flee into the woods after a debtor threatens to harm him over his son’s debts. While he’s there, he stumbles on the magical domain of the Beast, and in a rash moment, tries to take a single rose for Belle (Seydoux), his joyful young daughter. But the Beast (Cassel) catches him and sentences him to a lifetime of servitude. Feeling responsible, Belle sacrifices herself by taking her father’s place and soon begins an uneasy relationship with the Beast. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
“Beauty and the Beast” screened out of competition at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and was released in France of the same year to positive reviews. It will be released into theaters on September 23rd from Shout! Factory.