The film is a dark and modern take on classic fairy tale stories, which focuses on a woman named Elodie who agrees to marry a handsome prince — only to discover that there is a sinister reasoning behind her being asked. She then has to rely on her own wits and skills to survive.
Elodie goes through quite the brutal series of events throughout the film, which mean that the shoot was oftentimes challenging. But according to Fresnadillo, his lead actress more than rose to the occasion.
"She was exceptional. She understood that this needed to be an extreme survival experience. And in order to make that believable, you have to convey suffering and pain," she said while speaking to Total Film.
"This is a movie about a transformation – about a girl becoming a woman – and you need to really feel the intensity of it. We didn't want to cheat any of that, and that's why we pushed all the limits to make this a huge roller coaster of an experience for the audience."
A lot of the challenge came from the fact that a lot of the movie was filmed in a network of caves in Portugal, but Brown once again proved she could handle it.
"The caves were a huge problem in terms of light, and in terms of design, because you’re dealing with an environment that’s really tight and dark," he explained.
"It's not always easy to shoot that kind of stuff, but it's a much bigger challenge for Millie to go through almost half of the movie in such a difficult environment. You're dealing with rocks, hard surfaces, cramped ceilings, fire, water, darkness…
"If you want to be realistic, which was the goal, you have to really believe it. And that kind of realism implies toughness."
Damsel is set to be released on Netflix on March 8.
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