matteo garrone

Film Review: “Tale of Tales” delivers fairy tales for grownups

This triptych of trippy tales takes its inspiration from an Italian precursor to the Brothers Grimm

Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone burst onto the international scene a few years ago with “Gomorrah,” a scathing, multi-layered expose of the Neapolitan Mafia. He followed that up with a broader, but equally unforgiving look at modern Italian life, “Reality.”

His new film, then, seems like a change of pace, moving from reality to fantasy and drawing on fairy tales. In fact, though, as smoothly entertaining as it may be, “Tale of Tales” finds Garrone once again sketching humanity’s foibles in a way that allows for empathy but not excuses.

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