Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)
The siblings: Danielle (Drew Barrymore), Marguerite (Megan Dodds) and Jacqueline (Melanie Lynskey)
What puts them at odds? The clue is in the subtitle there: Danielle is supposedly the basis for the Grimm brothers’ Cinders, though only Marguerite in this version treats her step-sister badly; Jacqueline is portrayed as sweet, kind and clumsy.
In what could be called Cinderella: Origins, Danielle is a downtrodden orphan whose stepmother (Anjelica Huston as the domineering Baroness Rodmilla de Ghent) treats her like a servant until our heroine meets Prince Henry (Dougray Scott). Barrymore makes for a pleasingly proactive Cinders, more Merida than the Disney original, and she still deals with plenty of sisterly opposition, with Marguerite a scheming Mean Girl in this forced family. Drawing from both the Grimm brothers’ take and Charles Perrault’s 1729 version, and throwing in some Leonardo da Vinci for good measure, it’s a fairytale with a little bit of added bite amid the schmaltz.
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