Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

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With the billing "Jane Campion Presents...", this Australian drama from Julia Leigh - a protege of Campion - is described as an "unsettling erotic fable". Nominated for Palme d'Or at Cannes 2011. Stars Sucker Punch's Emily Browning. More

"It’s a startlingly poised, modern-day fairy tale, a strange marriage of Jane Campion and Lars Von Trier that titillates, terrifies and haunts in equal measure. Browning plays Lucy, a university student who takes up a job as a ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The work is very simple: she is driven to a rural mansion, sedated, stripped, and then given over to rich clients who can do (almost) anything they wish with her…. But Lucy is a strange fish; she has a dynamic passivity that leads her to sleep with overweight strangers on the toss of a coin. Her decision to risk her life with strangers seems to be driven as much by curiosity and philosophical stance as it is by money." (Source: NZ International Film Festival 2011)

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2011Rating: MA15+102 minsAustralia
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Sleeping Beauty (2011) | Reviews

Variety

Variety

The film's frustratingly elliptical style and lack of character insight give it a distinctly first-draft feel.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Sleeping Beauty is an impressive technical display, though no more than the sum of its parts.

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Salon

Salon

I found it gorgeous, opaque and disturbing in roughly equal portions, but it was a riveting experience all the way through.

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SBS

SBS

One can't help but wish for the film Sleeping Beauty might have been had Campion held the reins.

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Herald Sun

Herald Sun

A hideous arthouse snoozer... as pretentious as it is puerile.

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The Age

The Age

It might be an incoherent mess but at least it's not boring.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This will divide audiences as much as The Tree Of Life, but it's a brave and beautiful calling card for both filmmaker and star.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

An airless, lifeless experience despite the best efforts and intentions of its lead.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

It's clear this emperor has no clothes, along with much of the cast.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Leigh’s basic premise is so strong that it largely survives her efforts to turn Sleeping Beauty into a heavy-handed thinkpiece.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.

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New York Post

New York Post

I'm not, finally, sure what Leigh is saying - but she is a filmmaker with a voice.

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NPR

NPR

Stark, dispassionate and noticeably short on happily ever afters.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

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.

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Paste

Paste

Leigh strikes an observational, artful tone that builds to an emotional climax as fittingly yet frustratingly enigmatic as anything that's come before.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

An arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...

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Sleeping Beauty (2011) | Release Details

Sleeping Beauty (2011) is available to stream in Australia now on Netflix and Google Play and Foxtel and Binge and SBS On Demand and Beamafilm and Prime Video Store.