Writer/Director Anne Fontaine’s Pure As Snow (Blanche Comme Neige), being wrongly translated as White As Snow, is a wonderful twist on the Snow White tale as only a French person could do it.
After the death of her mogul father, Claire (Lou de Laâge) is kidnapped and taken to the woods near the French Alps to be killed, when a local hunter (Damien Bonnard) rescues her and takes her to his home.
Claire decides to hide out in the country and work in the nearby town, where she is emotionally transformed, until tracked by her stepmother (Isabelle Huppert).
The film succeeds not only because of Fontaine and Co-Writers Claire Barré and Pascal Bonitzer, but due to the charm and energy of de Laâge, who, I predict, will become an international star.
And, of course, Huppert is diabolically wonderful, as always.
I expect this film will be picked up for U.S. distribution and, if so, recommend it, highly.
I give it a 4 out of 5.