Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne) (1971)



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A charming fairy tale from musical innovator Jacques Demy and musical collaborator Michel Legrand. Odd but utterly endearing.
Art House & International , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Koch Lorber Films


Critic Reviews for Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

Even on paper this couldn't have seemed such a terrific idea.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Donkey Skin is told with the simplicity and beauty of a child's fairy tale, but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style that adults are more likely to appreciate.

Full Review… | August 11, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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Even if the restoration doesn't make Donkey Skin this New Wave icon's best effort, it's now that much more worthy of keeping company with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Boston Globe
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An ironically enchanting entertainment for grown-ups.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
New York Observer
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Demy loved romantic naïveté, but he loved the wreckage of human whim just as much, and for him this chestnut harbored both in its shell.

December 21, 2004
Village Voice
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It doesn't come off, despite a dazzling color design and imaginative sets, perhaps because Demy's extremely rarefied talent for fantasy needs to be anchored by a touch of the real.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)

Catherine Deneuve was the princess, Jacques Perrin was the prince, in this French-made fairy tale directed by Jacques Demy.


A colourful, odd film with an ending that left me scratching my head. The sweet songs and imagery lend a definite Disney-like feel. This is Enchanted with a much stranger premise and a less cohesive narrative.

Drew Ryan
Drew Ryan

Watched it, found it entirely enchanting, put the DVD in the mailbox and then napped for 5 hours. It is, at the same time, simple fun and entirely poignant. The interviews in the DVD extra are just....joyously odd.

Bob Pelletier
Bob Pelletier

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