Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties) (2008)

Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties)

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Director Vadim Glowna explores such complicated issues as loneliness, guilt, remembrance, mourning, sex, death, and dying in this adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's novel concerning a most unusual bordello catering to a most unlikely clientele. Edmond is a lonely man in his late sixties. On the advice of his older friend Kogi, Edmond visits a bordello that allows elderly men the rare opportunity to lie down beside beautiful, youthful women. The girls are narcotized before each session, ensuring … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Vadim Glowna, Yasunari Kawabata
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On DVD: Apr 21, 2009
Runtime:
First Run Features - Official Site

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as Balladeer

as Sleeping Beauty

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Critic Reviews for Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7)

Glowna presents this smoky German feature as an elegy for lost youth, but it's so tumescent with male self-pity that I couldn't wait for it to end.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
Chicago Reader
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Do you find this premise anything but repugnant? It offends not only civilized members of both sexes, but even dirty old men, dramatizing as it does their dirtiness and oldness.

Full Review… | January 8, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
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Sure, there's copious full-frontal female nudity and an aroused male body part, but such scenes are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. There's a subtle difference, but still a difference.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
New York Post
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Based on an acclaimed novella by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, the film is one of those self-consciously atmospheric literary adaptations that suffer from a surfeit of symbolism and pretentiousness.

November 14, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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Not even the august presence of Maximilian Schell can dispel the odor of fusty smut that clings to House of the Sleeping Beauties.

November 14, 2008
New York Times
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A meandering, self-indulgent rumination on old age, death and unfulfillable desire, German actor-director Vadim Glowna's adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's surreal, ironic short story gets everything but the surrealism and irony right.

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties)

A very sensual film that explores loneliness and innocence, and does so in a very low-key, almost mystical way. The main character, Edmond (Vadim Glowna, who also directed), carries most of the action and the dialog, delivering soliloquies that evoke his pain at losing his wife and daughter some 15 years before, a loss he still has not been able to move beyond. Angela Winkler is the Madame of this strange establishment, and one is never sure of her actions or her motives. Is she what she seems, or is she hiding something darker? Kogi, (Maxmillian Schell) is Edmond's friend, who counsels him and who introduces him to this world and seems to have questionable motives. This is a quiet film, beautifully shot, and the interplay between the characters is subtle and leaves one with numerous possible interpretations. Not for everyone, but a very thought provoking film.

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