Why You Must Watch La Belle et la Bete

Why You Must Watch La Belle et la Bete
Bonjour Belle!

Ahh oui, every one of you is Belle – a French word which meant “beautiful” and not just physically but as a whole being.

And speaking of Belle, I know that most of you (including moi) are very excited for the opening of the newest movie adaptation of Beauty and the Beast in your nearest favourite theatre, well here in Manila it will be tomorrow, March 16! YEY!


And I could imagine that exciting feeling! Alas, a movie adaptation is here!

Calm down! Am not giving you the spoiler of Emma Watson’s twirling moments (no matter how much I wanted to).

But wait… did you know that there is a French movie adaptation of Beauty and the Beast?

Yes Mademoiselle…

The newest movie might be a similar adaptation from the animation that we’ve grown up, but if you are true fan of this enchanting story, and you crave for something thrilling - you might want to watch the French version.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


We all know that in our old storybook, Belle is an only child and daughter of Maurice – the genius inventor from a small village in France. And Belle is an adventurous gal who prefers to read books as her accompany, than have a chit- chat with her neighbors, or fantasize muscular guys like the selfish narcissistic Gaston.

But here is it different…

NO BOOKS FOR BELLE!

Huh??!!! Then who is Belle without her books?

Well, she is still that French girl, but not your typical village girl. She grew up as a rich mademoiselle.


La Belle et la Bete movie review

La Belle et la Bete movie review


Belle is the youngest of the three daughters of Maurice (I think the other two daughters are like twins?), living in a posh life in France together with her other three brothers. Her father is nor a genius inventor – but a well-known merchant and owns three voyage ships: “The Mermaid”, “The Triton” and the biggest “The Leviathan”. It carrying all the goods and treasures that they’ve got from its voyage.

However, a disastrous storm washed away the voyage ships, which leads them to poverty – losing all their most prized possessions and their posh lifestyle in the city. In order to survive, they need to lay low in a village far away.


La Belle et la Bete movie review

But Belle doesn’t care about any of those possessions – her sole most prized possession is her family.
She might be born a rich French girl, but she is not a brat. Of all her siblings, she’s the one who have easily adjusted her new provincial life, while her sisters and brothers are continued whining about their situation.


Even his father is eager to get their life back! When news arrived that one of their voyage ship was found, her father when to the city to claim it back, but unfortunately because of greed of others – her father lost it again. Her brother Maxime, run away upon learning that they will never claim the ship, leaving his father alone in the wild snowy forest looking for him.


I think that his big brother is such a jerk and a huge brat. If I have a brother like that I might slam him, hahahaha.

Belle’s father was lost into the snowy woods with his horse, trying his best to reach home in spite of the heavy blizzard. Until such time he found an abandoned castle in the middle of nowhere.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


The grotesque castle is quite mysterious and scary, and no Lumiere, or our favourite Mrs. Potts. Or even the head of the household, Cogsworth. And instead of Belle enjoying the banquet, her father is the one who’ve feast in the long table.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


After her father satisfied himself with all the food and wine, he found the treasure chest but missing one item on his list – a rose, a thing that is requested by Belle. Leaving the enchanted castle and his horse carrying the chest full of treasures, he passed by the huge tree filled with many roses.

Her father picked one rose for her, but her father was caught by the Beast. To save his life and his whole family, he needs to bring Belle in the castle in exchange of his life and of his family along with the treasures the Beast gave him.

Talk about a ransom exchange huh.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Her father doesn’t want it, but it also means losing the life of his own family. Belle heard the conversation with her family, and she bravely runaway riding the horse towards the enchanted castle, to save the lives of her family.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Eventually she reached the enchanted castle, filled with withered roses and vines – contrary to the precious rose stored in a glass. The Beast wsho


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Curious as always, Belle have wandered the castle until she reached the magical room with the healing tub, which magically heals her wounds brought by scratches in the woods. She wore the dress that she had found in the room and continued wandered the castle, until she met the Beast during their first dinner.



La Belle et la Bete movie review


But every night when she fall asleep, Belle is always disturbed by this dream – showing the former life of the castle, including the former Queen (who turns out the Goddess of the Forest, who also occasionally turns herself into a doe).

A bit complicated, right? Which makes this movie more exciting.

The Beast tried his best to get Belle’s love by bribing her all the fortunes and beautiful dresses, but Belle despise him big time. Feeling afraid, Belle still kept herself composed and hold her ground.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


There are some flashback scenes of the former life of the Beast when he was still a human together with his former Queen, and all the happy life in the courtyard. All these keep on visiting Belle on her dream which is a mystery to her.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


In the morning, she continued to explore the castle, while the little deformed puppies stalking her (quite cute gesture I may say).


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Belle is eager to solve the mystery of the castle and the Beast’s secret. And even asked him for a dance.

And no iconic yellow ball gown! Ohh no this story is destroying Belle! But nope - keep on reading...

The Beast again tried his chance with Belle, but she still despise him. She tried to run away and escaped but didn’t succeeded.

But the Beast have pity on her, and she was allowed to see her family for one last time.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Belle was heartbroken when she discovered that her father is ailing. Using the potion that the Beast gave her, she gave it to her father and regained his strength.

There’s another flashback scene that show’s how the Prince turns into Beasts which is the most exciting part. The scene is quite heart breaking and thriller, that’s why you must watch this!

However, her brother Maxime wants to avenge his father, so he asked Perdigus’ group to kill the Beast. Upon learning this, Belle rushed back to the castle to warn the Beast, however there was fights between Perdigus’ men and the enchanted creatures with giants and wild vines of the castle.


La Belle et la Bete movie review


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Until the Beast was stabbed in the chest, and the nature got to angry – Belle and her brothers immediately rushed the Beast up to the tower, and he Beast was put in the enchanting well.


Belle was so heartbroken seeing the dying Beast in the enchanting well – she whispered for her love to him, and with her tears falls, it magically turns back the Beast into its human form on the struck of midnight.

Hold on, where is Gaston? What happened to Perdigus?

Ahh there is no Gaston in the story. Only the hoodlum Perdigus who was eventually eaten by the vine and became a tree!

And does Belle and the Beast (now the Prince!), continue lived in the castle with all the glitz and glam? See for yourself..


La Belle et la Bete movie review


Nope.

The Prince chose to follow Belle back to the countryside, leaving his past and live happily ever after.
See, not all Belle lives like a Cinderella life you know. There are Prince that will follow their Belle wherever she goes.

Such a bummer I am, I know but I would like to share you that sometimes, our life are being twisted by chances, but it’s our own decision if we will follow it, or make it right. And though this version is very contradicting to the original story – still I like it.

And yes, the human Prince is never been as gorgeous as you always expect on most Disney stories. But he got that irresistible Frenchman charm that is hard to resist.


NO wonder Belle loves him :D


Are you still excited to watch the newest Beauty and the Beast?


I hope ladies enjoyed my review and yeahh see you tomorrow on the movie opening!


xoxo, Blair


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96 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. This look like a great movie to watch this weekend. Thanks for sharing your review!

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    1. You are welcome Tasheena! You'll enjoy this French-version!

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  2. wow thanks for the details content. Too bad Disney pulled out this movie from MY. We can't watch it here

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  3. It's always nice to see these newer modern takes on classics. They may not always be good but the effort is nice. I love the real versus animation.

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    1. Thank you Rose! Are you going to watch the latest version? I did yesterday! But it's hard to share it here, still so precious so you've got to watch it for yourself.

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  4. Thanks for the review. Love the Beauty and Beast story and like this version even more because the boy follows the girl!

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    1. Totally right Kristen!

      In every fairytale, a girl always follows the guy lifestyle. But this time, the guy follows the girl, and I love it even more!

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  5. Would love to catch it on opening night. Unfortunately, not sure if it will be shown in Malaysia or not....

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    1. Ohh that's sad... but why? I don't understand the issue.. ahh before they say Lefou is gay? Well to tell you frankly, in the original version - Lefou shows much gay, lah.

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  6. Wow I didn't know this existed. I'm definitely going to watch this on the weekend! Thank you for bringing this to light belle ;)

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    1. Thanks for visiting Namrata. You'll love Belle even more :)

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  7. This was one of my favorite movies as a kid! When I found out Emma Watson was starring in this one, I knew it was a must-see for this family!

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    1. And am telling you that the Belle character is like it was meant for her. I can't imagine any actress to play Belle in a modern adaptation.

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  8. OMG Besuty and the Beast is one of my favorite movies. I will definitely check this out

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    1. Hello Michelle, yeah you must! And you've got to find this French version in order for you to have a different take on Belle.

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  9. So... I was somewhat nerding out at this read because Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite childhood movies!In fact, I attribute my hopeless romantic personality to it. Just knowing that there's another adaption is cool and I may actually check it out AFTER I see the new version tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you Esse!

      Yeah better watch the latest version with Emma Watson, then you watch this French version. Love is truly in the air - ahh better bring lots of tissue if you are very emotional just like I am, hahaha

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  10. This looks so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. You are welcome Morgan! Keep on reading my blog :D

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  11. I have never watched this movie . I will definitely watch this weekend

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    1. You better check this. I know many French films are good even on animation.

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  12. I'll watch this movie for sure!
    I'm curious, I heard so many rumors about this new version!

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    1. The latest version is raving AF, and definitely worth you money! I will make a separate review soon!

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  13. wow thats kind of cool. I love beauty and the beast! I cant wait to see the movie.

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  14. This looks like an exciting movie. Not particularly my favorite genre but definitely something that is worth telling maybe a few friends about

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    1. I know right. Sometimes even you don't like the movie, but you have to watch it so you won't feel outcast from your friends discussion that last for weeks, lol very me :)

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  15. I am still very interested in watching Beauty and the Beast, although it looks like this french version was very beautiful. I will have to see if I can find it.

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    1. Hi David,

      I think you can get it from the movie library online. I've got this from my friend who got access to that kind of online movie library. Gladly it has a perfect English translation :)

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  16. I love watching beautiful movies in French. Even if I can only understand every fifth word.

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    1. The good thing about French movies, even without English translations, I could easily understand the movie because its full of emotion.

      Now I want to learn French language thanks to Belle!

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  17. Wow! I think I might like this French version more! :-)

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    1. Hello Heather!

      You must watch it! It's also beautiful :D

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  18. I've loved this story for years. I think I'll watch it but I loved the animated version.

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    1. Hello Valerie, bring your friends because Belle is so inspiring!

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  19. Ahh its such a classic movie. I havent watched this version before, but will definitely check it out.

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    1. Hello Aliza,

      Well I guess this French version is not ban in Malaysia, right? Hope not!

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  20. Awwww the story line is so beautiful and I can't wait to catch it in the movies too! To have the feeling of falling in love again!

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    1. Ohhhh I feel in-love again after I've watched the latest version, and I become more clingy to my boyfriend, haha

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  21. I heard the new movie has the most presales of any movie ever. Think it's partly due to assign seating now at the theatre. The French version sounds interesting!

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    1. You are right Shelby, I've bought my ticket in-advance via online booking and it was a good decision.

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  22. oh myy...didnt know that there is another adapted version! looks interesting and magical. thanks for sharing this movie =)

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    1. I know that you'll gonna like it Sinnee :)

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  23. OMG..I felt like I watched the whole movie already with your story-telling...and yes I feel like I need to whip her brother's ass....pffttt...

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    1. LOL, this version is also interesting and knowing the other life of Belle if she is rich then became poor.

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  24. Wow~ I didn't watch the French version yet, seem interesting. =D

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    1. Hey Shini you must watch it with your Bae!

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  25. Wow - that sounds much closer to the original fairytale that I know from childhood. So nice to see we can still make fairytales without Disney-fying them! I'd be much more interested in seeing this than the live-action Disney version. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. You are welcome Erin! Please do watch it and fell in love again and again :)

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  26. I had no idea there was a french version. The new one wit Emma Watson just came out a couple days ago here!! I can't wait to go see it.

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    1. Oh you must watch the latest version it is dreamy and I must say they the production is very impressive.

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  27. oh no why must you finish the storyline!!! This movie is just released in Singapore on 16th March xD I am going to watch it IF it is still showing after my final year project deadline next week.....

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    1. Hello Joy,

      The French version is not the one who is showing.. its the version starring Emma Watsons. :) You can still catch this movie online :)

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  28. Oh wow this movie looks like it would be so good! I need to check it out over the weekend.

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    1. Hello Michelle,

      Have you found this version online? Better check this!

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  29. This is great! I didn't know there was a French version. Now I must check it out!! I went to see Beauty and the Beast last night and I loved it so much! What did you think of it?

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    1. I so it last week and yes it was amazing. The latest Beauty and the Beast brings back my childhood, brought to me tears actually - tears of happiness!

      I would love to watch it over and over.. and I will wait for the release of its DVD copy.

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  30. I was not aware abot the French version of it. It must be exciting to watch it.

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    1. Hello Apolline,

      Better watch it. Don't worry because it has an English subtitle :D

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  31. Ugh I just can't get over beauty and the beast! This is great! I really need to watch the French version

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    1. Hello Rosey,

      Glad you also LOVE the latest version. You better watch this French version in order to get a glimpse of Belle's life in a twisted way.

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  32. This is a very interesting version. I will have to check it out.

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    1. Hello Sondra,

      You'll gonna like it trust me :D

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  33. Belle and the Beast is great. I didn't know that there was a French adaption. When I'm thinking of Belle and the Beast now, I have to think of Once Upon A Time. A TV series about fairytales mixed with real life. Love Belle there too!

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    1. Ohh yes, I also watch the TV Series Once Upon A Time, and I like how they connect each fairytales to one another.. and would know that they are all relatives?

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    1. Thanks for visiting Ewa! Which part is your favorite scene?

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  35. This is a great twist on Beauty and the beast. I love how the changed the traditional concept and had the boy following the girl!

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    1. Yes, and I feel in-love more with the Prince :)

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  36. I like this kind of story line, will try look for it :)

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    1. Hello Ivy,

      Thanks for visiting and hope you'll get a copy of this French version. And I guess this is not ban in Malaysia :)

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  37. thanks for sharing this. quite an interesting alternative since we can't watch the latest B & B in Malaysia! haha

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    1. Ohh that's a bummer Gengqian..
      Well I hope this French version is not ban in Malaysia, because there is no Lefou in there :) The storyline focuses only with the two main characters.

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  38. i want to watch this also....but our government banned it......

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    1. Ohh that so sad Miera.
      Come here in the Manila and watch the movie!

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  39. So sad this is not available in malaysia. Wish to watch this French version so badly

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    1. Hello Bella,

      That's sad. However you might download the French version on online movie library, I think this is not banned in Malaysia. Only the Emma Watson's version :)

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  40. I had not known about this version. The pictures look amazing, so artsy and fairytale like :) Can't wait to watch it!

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    1. Hello Nadine,

      Yeah.. the story is like a Alice in Wonderland, but more thrilling.

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  41. I found this review rather interesting compared to the one with Emma watson.

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    1. Wow, thank you Arisa! You are so sweet :) I will make a separate review for the Emma Watson's version.

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  42. This looks like a great movie to watch. I will try to watch this.

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    1. Hello Garf,

      Yes please do and let me know if you like the French Belle :)

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  43. I've heard about the French movie but haven't really watched it! Nor have I seen the latest Beauty and the Beast! Thanks for the heads up - will add this on our movie list!!!!!

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    1. Hello dear,

      Add this to your Beauty and the Beast collection and do some comparative analysis :)

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  44. I had watched the animated version back in the nineties. I also read short story books related to beauty and the beast to my kids at night. It would be an interesting movie for a family to watch.

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    1. Thank you Leo! You kids will like this Beauty and the beast thrilling version. And they might appreciate it a lot especially if your kids understand French language too :)

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  45. I like how you narrated the story. It was like a fairy tale I read in my childhood. :) I will watch this movie if I get a chance.

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    1. Thank you Indrani. You'll gonna love it babe :)

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  46. I love this story, it's such a shame that I didn't see this version, I have to do it asap. I knew this version existed but thanks anyway for remind me of this :)

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    1. Hello Miriam, ohh dear never miss this version! Its fantastic :)

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  47. That is a cool review of the movie! I am eager to watch Beauty and the Beast too, hopefully this weekend :)

    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Thank you Kusum! Do let us know what's your take on this French version and the latest Beauty and the Beast.
      Hope you'll like Lefou, lol

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  48. Thanks for the review. Very tempted to watch especially with the Disney version coming out as well :)

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