Anne Fontaine gives “Snow White” a modern makeover in “White as Snow,” a sexually charged take on the classic fairy tale. The dark comedy tells the story of Claire (Lou de Laâge), a reserved young woman who draws the wrath of Maud (Isabelle Huppert), her evil stepmother. “You’re like a daughter to me. You’re young and beautiful. I only had one love and you took him from me,” Maud tells Claire in a new spot for the French film.
Determined to make Claire “disappear,” Maud sends her far away from home. Claire finds herself in a small village in the mountains, and as “if by magic, her formerly shy demeanor is gone and she is suddenly aware of her feminine power. It’s the beginning of a radical emancipation,” the pic’s synopsis details.
The trailer shows Claire exploring her sexuality and getting handsy with locals. “I hadn’t realized I had desires, and now I want to live up to them,” she explains.
“The Innocents,” “Gemma Bovery,” and “Coco Before Chanel” are among Fontaine’s previous credits. De Laâge starred in “The Innocents,” a period drama about a French Red Cross doctor enlisted to help pregnant nuns.
Huppert received an Oscar nomination for “Elle.” “Franco” and “Mama Weed” are among her recent credits.
“White as Snow” hits theaters August 13.