Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, 2011) Cannes 2011; Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, Hugh Keays-Byrne; Browning is prostitute, inter alia, who literally sleeps with clients

So I've seen Julia Leigh's film. Walt Disney it's not. Never did like that Chris Haywood. Now I'm sure I know why.

For me the film works as a fascinating idea, on just one level: the scenario and its deep resonances with the human condition. I buy it as a poetic essay about our strangeness, but it's a bit flimsy and stark in a way that lessens the idea. This is intentional, surely, because Leigh hardly allows any music to underscore the action. Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile.


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