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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 2 December 2011 (USA)
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A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

Director:

Julia Leigh

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (idea), Julia Leigh (screenplay)
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5 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridgette Barrett Bridgette Barrett ... Dinner Waitress
Rachael Blake ... Clara
Hannah Bella Bowden Hannah Bella Bowden ... Dinner Waitress
Emily Browning ... Lucy
Alan Cardy Alan Cardy ... Dinner Guest
Peter Carroll ... Man 1
Les Chantery Les Chantery ... Driver
Benita Collings Benita Collings ... Dinner Guest
Michael Dorman ... Cook
Eden Falk Eden Falk ... Thomas
Anni Finsterer ... Train Riding Hairdresser
Mirrah Foulkes ... Sophie
James Fraser ... Guy with Ticket
Robin Goldsworthy Robin Goldsworthy ... Flatmate
Vernon Hayman Vernon Hayman ... Dinner Guest
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Storyline

Lucy is a university student who is working a number of jobs. She volunteers at a research lab, works at a coffee shop, and as a photocopy clerk in an office. She responds to an advertisement and embarks on an erotic freelance job in which she is required to sleep in bed alongside paying customers. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 70,204 (Australia), 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,207, 4 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$435,468
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Was the first Australian movie to premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival since Moulin Rouge! (2001) a decade before. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy is telling her mom her credit card number she only says twelve digits. Visa cards have thirteen or sixteen. See more »

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Birdmann: Sandhill Dunnart. Nocturnal and endangered. A marsupial mouse. Thought to be extinct until recently. Its main predators include owls and bats. Little is known about the animal due to its rarity. First they eat insects but will also eat meat on occasion. Sharp, carnivore's teeth. Scared, Sandhill Dunnart will make a loud noise as it moves into an offensive position. What it really is the Sandhill Dunnart is a miniature, a more tenacious kangaroo.
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Version of Sleeping Beauties (2001) See more »

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Written by Deniz Tek (as D. Tek) and Warwick Gilbert (as W. Gilbert)
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Fantasy Time for Dirty Old Men
8 February 2012 | by grouchyeditorSee all my reviews

I like my movies odd, and I like my movies sexy. In general, when I review an odd, sexy movie, I want to be kind because I don't want filmmakers to stop making them. But there is a limit – and freshman director Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty" is long on odd and short on sexy.

"Sleeping Beauty" is about a young woman named Lucy (Emily Browning) who is psychologically damaged. In fact, everyone Lucy encounters – an old boyfriend, co-workers at a temp job, the landlords with whom she lives – is damaged in one way or another: hostile, bitter, emotionally impenetrable. So Lucy, who is nothing if not experimental, takes a new job as a living blow-up doll for rich old men to play with (but never to "penetrate," as we are constantly reminded by the madam of the high-end brothel for which Lucy works).

Leigh's movie is basically a 100-minute peep show in which we observe Lucy and her peculiar acquaintances. It's an Australian production with French art-film pretensions; when someone pours a glass of tea or wipes down a tabletop, Leigh's camera lingers portentously. There is much unspoken angst in the film – but not to worry, because all of this somber silence will soon be broken by some kinky sex.

If I didn't know better (actually, I guess I don't), I'd wager that "Sleeping Beauty" was produced by a committee of dirty old men, several of whom get to appear in scenes with the fetching, young Browning. How else to explain numerous scenes in which these geezers, their twigs-and-berries on full display, spoon with the naked and unconscious girl, or mount her sleeping (drugged) body, or toss her recklessly onto the floor?

"Sleeping Beauty" is promoted as an "erotic drama," but while watching it I found myself empathizing with one of Lucy's customers, who complains: "The only way I can get a hard-on these days is if I swallow a truckload of Viagra."


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