Sleeping Beauty (2011) - IMDb
Directed by Julia Leigh. With Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Bridgette Barrett. A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.
Critic After Dark: Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, 2011)
Julia Leigh's debut feature Sleeping Beauty (2011) is the
furthest possible take one can imagine on the classic 1697 French
fairy tale "La
Belle au bois dormant"
by Charles Perrault, and on the magnificent 1959 animated version of
said tale by Walt Disney (easily one of the handful of features the
studio made whose visual grandeur--it was shot in Super Technirama
70, took eight years to produce, six years to animate in a distinctly
elongated Gothic style--mostly overwhelms the standard Disney house
tone of namby-pamby wholesomeness). This film is closer (closer, not necessarily close) in spirit and
tone to Catherine Breillat's 2010 digital film, with the most
significant difference being a kinky twist to the story inspired by a
1961 Japanese novella by Yasunari Kawabata.
starts (unlike the two other versions) in modern day, introducing
Lucy (Emily Browning), a university student struggling to keep above
water financially--she works in a sterile office doing photocopying,
waitresses part-time in a cafe, and on occasion volunteers sex in a
high class bar (whether she goes through with it or not isn't clear).
Eventually she answers a newspaper ad, and finds herself being
interviewed by Clara (Rachael Blake).
The Most Beautiful Fraud in the World: PFF 2011: Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty
When the 10:10 screening of Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty ended, the negative chatter coming from the crowd at the Ritz Five was something akin to the angry squawking heard after many screenings of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life earlier this year. Things like, "What was that?", "Just terrible.", "Thank God that's over." and "That's it! You don't get to pick the movie anymore!".
Bright Lights Film Journal :: Dream Story: Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty
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