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From riches to rags. This is where Cinderella gets her classic name. The girl who cleans up the ashes and cinders. "Having to live among the ashes" was a symbol of being debased. She needs salvation.
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Review By David Bruce
David Bruce
I really enjoyed this film. I saw it with my three daughters. We had a great time. I did not want the movie to end. Afterward, we went out to eat and talked about the story. What a great day.

Megan Bruce is 12 years old.

Daughter Megan says: It is one of my very favorite films of all time. It was sad with a funny ending.

Danielle: Drew Barrymore,
Rodmilla: Anjelica Huston,
Prince Henry: Dougray Scott,
Leonardo: Patrick Godfrey,
Marguerite: Megan Dodds,
Jacqueline: Melanie Lynskey.
Directed by Andy Tennant.
Written by Susannah Grant, Tennant and Rick Parks.

Running time: 121 minutes.
Rated PG-13 (for momentary strong language).

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Here is a great update of the Grimm Brothers' tale, "Cinderella." The story begins with Cinderella's great-great-granddaughter (Jeanne Moreau), a French royal, informing the Grimm brothers that their folk tale is actually based on a true story. She then tells the true story of "the little cinder girl... Her name was Danielle. And this ... was her glass slipper.''
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The movie takes place in 16th century Europe. Danielle lives in a grand peaceful estate. She dearly loves her father, who introduces her to her new mother. 
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The stepmother, Rodmilla (Anjelica Huston), brings her daughters Jacqueline and Marguerite (Melanie Lynskey and Megan Dodds) to live with them. Soon after the marriage, in a very moving scene, the father drops from his horse, dead. Life on the estate will now be different.
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From riches to rags. This is where Cinderella gets her classic name. The girl who cleans up the ashes and cinders. "Having to live among the ashes" was a symbol of being debased. She needs salvation.
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Danielle encounters the prince by chance. She knocks him off his horse with an apple. Upon discovering his identity, she bows. Thus begins the romance that will eventually flower into her salvation and take her from rags to riches.
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The prince is symbolic of the son of God. In order to be transported out of her present dark conditions and into the kingdom of the king (God), she must go through the prince. Jesus once said "I am the way... no one can come to the Father except through me." In a relationship with Christ the Bible says, "all things become new."
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Everything has its down side. The stepmother knowing of Danielle's good fortune with the prince sells her into slavery. Goodness, however, triumphs over this evil. The prince marries her and she becomes a royal in the kingdom.
According to Bruno Bettelheim in his book, "The Uses of Enchantment," Cinderella is about:
The agonies of sibling rivalry,
The fulfillment of wishes,
The elevation of the humble,
The recognition of true merit even when it is hidden under rags,
The reward of virtue and the punishment of evil.

Subject: Ever After
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001
From: "Sorge"

Are we allowed to ask questions over this board? Well I have one; I was wondering if anyone knows what actor played the young artist Gustov ( I think that's how you spell it).

Subject: reviews
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001
From: S. Poffinberger

First let me say that this web site is wonderful with its reviews and explanations of the movies. I plan on using this site for most of my reviews before watching movie or videos!

Ever After was a splendid movie, with strong characters that are well developed. This is a great movie for young women to see a strong character that is smart, and also brave to face trouble when she needs to. I also like how all the characters, even the stepmother are given a side to personalities that make them very human. The stepmoher runs to her husband's side when he falls from the horse, only to hear his last words go to Danielle, and not to her! Her pain is apparant. I also enjoyed the 'battles' between the sisters, reminding me of my own quarrels with my sisters. (Although I never boxed one in the face! haha).

This movie gets a huge thumbs up from me!

Subject: Good movie, one problem
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001
From: Casey

Ok, i loved the movie. it's one of my favorites (one of many) but as an artist i have to say i was quite disturbed by the fact that Leonardo da Vinci was in the movie. Yeah, it was the right time period, but him pulling out the Mona Lisa on a canvass from a water proof tube no less, was a bit much. The Mona Lisa was painted in Florence Italy on Wood, not canvass. You wouldn't carry and oil painting rolled up like that not finished...if you've ever painted w/ oil you would know it takes forever to dry. Just a little thing i noticed. Also, the painting "Leonardo" did of Danielle is actually one of his paintings. I thought that was pretty cool how they integrated that into the movie. And what greater thing to have Da Vinci in place of the Fairy God Mother no less! Artists rock!!! Danielle was a great character, w/ flaws of course...Dug herself into a hole and couldn't get out basically till it was almost too late. We can all learn a lesson from her. Sure, she lied to get the old man back, but she could have easily told the truth as easily as she had lied. She hardly stood up for herself. I find myself screaming @ her "JUST TELL HIM YOU IDIOT!!" hahahahaha The movie portrays her as a strong woman, but also as a weak confused girl. Sad really. BUT i still loved the movie.
thanx casey stephens

March 27, 1999.
Story that can be believed, even by teenage boys. With only a handful of unanswered events, such as shoes being too big and thus must resort to her own present pair, and Leonardo notices, never leads to anything else. And when the prince says to Daniel,"you are one of them" you're left wondering what the "them" is referring to. I and my son could easily see existing a survivalist young woman, whom even the neighbor knows is the true force of the household as he seeks out Daniel over the stepmother. Daniel had to be the one in the background being the true bond that held her father's estate together, the best farm land in the land being worked the best it could with limited assistance. And when told that a lady of the court looks down at none, she has the clearance to proceed with conversing frankly, even scolding the prince of France. The Prince was never shown passion and conviction until Daniel enlightens him to the possibilities. Remember, there were no alternatives to Kings and Queens at that time. So falling for the Prince was logical, not turning to the enemy. And good filming to avoid showing all of Drew's tattoos.–DAVID

March 15, 1999.
This is a great movie with a powerful message about living each day to the fullest, and having an unquenchable passion in all that we do. It made me really stop and think - something that few movies even ATTEMPT to do in these days. Great film!!
--The Utopian

Feb 7 1999,
I saw this movie for the first time with a friend, then later with my family (including two children aged 7 and 5). It is a great movie with an excellent moral. It provoked some  good conversation with the kids.
--Jo March, Milwaukee WI

Here are my comments.All though i don't believe it was intended for a young audiance i would loved to have seen this film with my six year old grand daughter. unlike so many childrens films that we have left this is one we would have sat through

Clean pictures! Wholesome story!! Very useful!!!  HALEL1@AOL.COM


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