Beauty and the Beast (2009)
Beauty and the Beast (AKA Beauty and the Beasts: A Dark Tale) is a 2009 Australian fantasy adventure film starring Estella Warren and Victor Parascos as the titular characters. It is loosely based on the 1740 fairy tale of the same name created by French author Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumort. The film costarred Rhett Giles and Vanessa Gray.
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Bella (Warren) is a plucky and pretty peasant girl who is saved from a wolf attack by the legendary Beast (Parascos). Word of her rescue reaches Count Rudolph (Giles), a contender to the throne of the dying King Maximillian (Tony Thurban). Rudolph knows that the Beast is actually the King's cursed son, so he has the witch Lady Helen (Gray) conjure a troll to slaughter the villagers, hoping to place the blame on the Beast and giving Rudolph an excuse to kill his only remaining rival to the throne. When Bella investigates and discovers that the Beast is innocent, she teams up with him to thwart Rudolph's plan.
In one scene, Bella refuses to tell Count Rudolph and Lady Helen about her encounter with the Beast, so Lady Helen uses magic to entrance Bella and view her memories.