Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Average Rating: 5.2/10
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Critic Reviews: 21
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Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of a coin decide the outcome of a random sexual encounter and she displays an uncomplaining patience when facing the repetitions of her various menial jobs that fund her studies. One day she answers an ad in the student newspaper and interviews for a job to be a lingerie waitress. But she is secretly being initiated into a world of strange new work; one where she will have to give into
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Leigh, impressively for a first-time filmmaker, has a distinct and confident approach.
It's a story told in quiet rooms and hushed voices - except for one devastating scream near the end - and it's ultimately a horror story, though one completely free of blood and gore.
Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.
Juggling moments of pitch black humour and disturbingly tense scenes of abuse, Sleeping Beauty has a queasy, mismatched tone that underscores an uneven, elliptical movie.
Sleeping Beauty is an atmospheric gem which intrigues and delivers in almost every scene
The film's stifled sexual politics seem both non-feminist and critical of a 21st-century pornographic world, where all of us are stuck in our cubicles of detached, narcissistic desire.
This is a strange film that gets into issues of the meaning of sex, of male fantasy, even of feminism.
Though it seems appropriate to make "Sleeping Beauty" as empty, enervating and dull as its main character, it only serves to underscore the lack of entertainment or insight.
The film deals with the topic of sexual taboos in a transgressive manner that bends your brain. The whole enterprise may even be fraudulent.
Leigh strikes an observational, artful tone that builds to an emotional climax as fittingly yet frustratingly enigmatic as anything that's come before.
Brrrr. This study of a young girl's descent into a most rarefied form of whoring is as coldly clinical as it is annoyingly pretentious.
- Lucy: I love drinking, I'm really good at it.
- Lucy: Fear of death is the biggest hoax.
- Clara: Such a sleep works wonders.
- Clara: Your vagina will not be penetrated. Your vagina will be a temple.
- Lucy: My vagina is not a temple.
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