La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2011)



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As with most "fairytales", "The Sleeping Beauty" begins with "Once Upon A Time" but anyone familiar with a Catherine Breillat film knows that a "happy ever after" is no guarantee. In a castle in a far away land in a far away time, a baby girl is born. The child's name is Anastasia. The fairy Carabosse places a curse upon the child- saying at sixteen the girl will prick her hand and die. Three younger and somewhat scatterbrained fairies alters the curse so that instead of dying, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years. For a century Anastasia will live in the world of dreams. -- (C) Strand Releasing
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Carla Besnaïnou
as Anastasia enfant
Julia Artamonov
as Anastasia à 16 ans

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Critic Reviews for La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty)

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Enchanting, a bedtime story told by a wickedly literate aunt with a gleam in her eye.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
Boston Globe
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Sly and playful, it's a beauty.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Young Besnaïnou is so lovely that her solemn independence is a wonder to behold, and her early adventures retain an eerie and compelling charm.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
New York Daily News
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Heartwarming entertainment, gorgeously rendered by cinematographer Denis Lenoir.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011
New York Post
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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.

July 7, 2011
New York Times
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The results are impressionistic and thought-provoking, but too intellectualized to penetrate deeply.

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
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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

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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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