This is a thoroughly charming movie - unmissable - for adults and children - gloriously kitschy and immensely stylish as you'd expect from France, with this fine director, this musician's charming music, and such actors!
The old fable theme, existing in many countries and many versions from light to deeply dark, of a man lusting after his daughter is of course highly unpleasant but is turned into a charming fairy tale as the Princess with help from her Fairy Godmother escapes her father's unsuitable desires. Children can watch and learn because they are told in this story in such a clever, instructive way to understand that loving your father is normal but marrying your father is not normal, and never acceptable.
You'll surely love the decor which is gorgeous. The Princess's homeland has a myriad shades of blue theme - from flowers which are everywhere adorning the scenes, and beautiful clothes, to even the faces of servants and the colour of the horses, whilst the Prince's homeland is decked out in shades of red - red for true love.
Jean Marais makes a splendid and Kingly father whose desires go badly awry due to his dying Queen's wishes. Catherine Deneuve is as always so very beautiful and charming. Delphine Seyrig is a brilliantly acid and clever Fairy Godmother who keeps the heroine up to the mark, and I'm pleased to see another favourite of mine, Sacha Pitoff as the Chamberlain.