“White as Snow” Trailers Gives “Snow White” a Sexy Makeover

While no one needed another version of Snow White, Anne Fontaine has delivered a new spin, and not merely another fairy tale. The French director has tweaked the beloved story into a sexy modern adaptation. Isabelle Huppert plays Maud, the evil stepmother of Claire (Lou de Laage). Maud arranges for Claire's disappearance, but doesn't count on help from a lumberjack, and seven men who can't keep their hands to themselves.

This is hardly the first modern spin on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. Past versions include the horror flick Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997), the college comedy Sydney White (2007), and the silent Spanish film Blancanieves (2012). Fontaine herself is no stranger to updating classic stories. Her Gemma Bovery was a modern meta take on the Flaubert novel. White as Snow premiered more than two years ago at the Tribeca Film Festival. Thanks to Cohen Media Group, it's finally getting a stateside release.

White as Snow opens in limited release on August 13.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.