I have been asking my partner to screen Jacques Demy's Donkey Skin for such a long time now. On my birthday we finally watched it and it was wonderful. In films, as in life, I try not to set expectations, that way I allow myself to fall in love or detest freely, without remorse. Peau d'âne is MAGICAL and Catherine Deneuve is a DREAM.
I appreciate the morals against incest that this french fairy tale tells. I am sure the desire to marry your father is neatly squelched with this ditty!
I love that the rotting flesh of a freshly skinned donkey is so repulsive to everyone. I find her absolutely beautiful covered in the skin. The sets were to die for. Beds of moss, flowers and velvet, thrones of giant furry animals, servants of many colors, a jealous fairy godmother and statues of magical creatures, what is not to love? The perfect musical fairy tale brought to life by Demy.