La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2011)
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Critic Reviews for La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty)
Enchanting, a bedtime story told by a wickedly literate aunt with a gleam in her eye.
Young Besnaïnou is so lovely that her solemn independence is a wonder to behold, and her early adventures retain an eerie and compelling charm.
Heartwarming entertainment, gorgeously rendered by cinematographer Denis Lenoir.
The pleasures of Ms. Breillat's work are its commitment and seriousness and its raw, sometimes very funny perversity: she's lets everything hang out, without apologies.
Audience Reviews for La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty)
From France we get a genuinely dark & slightly perverse spin on a classic Fairy Tale. Here a virginal Sleeping Beauty defiantly makes her way through a mordant fairly tale world in search of a prince that will finally deflower her
Catherine Breillat is a true genius. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY turns this fairy tale inside out and brings it in line with with Breillat's obsessive dissection of female sensuality. The film is also quite charming and never as shocking as films like ROMANCE or FAT GIRL. So for those who may not love Breillat, this is your chance to re-discover this wonderful filmmaker. Can't wait to see what she does with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST--her next film.
At last! A Catherine Breillat film that I really liked. A fairy tale, but unlike any tale you've seen, Ms Breillat seems to have melded the Sleeping Beauty story with a bit of Alice in Wonderland and made it something fresh. Condemned to sleep for a hundred years, beginning at age 6, Anastaia (Carla Besnaïnou) wanders about a phantasmagorical landscape, meeting various eccentric characters who befriend her and send her on her way as she searches for her lost brother. She awakens, at age sixteen (don't ask, it's part of the curse) and discovers true love. Lots of bizarre images and plenty of symbolism, although I'm sure I didn't catch much of it, and an interesting take on the story made this an interesting interpretation.
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