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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Emily Browning , Rachael Blake , Julia Leigh  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake
  • Directors: Julia Leigh
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3VS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Hypnotic…A work of serious rigor and intelligent provocation. --Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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

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Jane Campion presents SLEEPING BEAUTY, a fascinating depiction of a young woman s reckless decent into a shocking world of erotic desires. Lucy (Emily Browning in a breakthrough performance) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity, letting coin tosses decide random sexual encounters and enduring her menial jobs with an uncomplaining patience. After answering an ad in the student newspaper for a lingerie waitress, Lucy is secretly initiated into the job of a Sleeping Beauty, for which she is sedated and given in absolute submission to her clients. As this unnerving experience begins to bleed into her daily life, Lucy develops the courage to break the spell and discover what happens to her while she sleeps. First-time director Julia Leigh creates a bold cinematic vision with her shocking retelling of the classic myth that poses its heroine as a rarified sex-worker confronting ideas of feminine sexuality with bravado and precision.

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158 of 173 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow burn, but spellbinding November 4, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Emily Browning stars as a detached, reckless young woman who takes a job as a sex worker - although no actual sex is allowed. Instead, she is put to sleep, and clients pay to do things to her while she sleeps. To her, her body is just a thing to be used. But how different is it from being an office drone, making copies all day or busing the same tables every night? Eventually, however, she can't help but be curious about what goes on while she's asleep....

Emily Browning is terrific in this film. She was nice to look at in Sucker Punch and The Uninvited, but here she shows she has real acting chops. She is in every scene, and many of those scenes consist of very long takes, with the camera barely moving. This is also a brave performance many young actresses wouldn't be willing to do - Browning is nude for much of the running time (she is naked so much that after a while you won't even think about it).

This movie will obviously not be for all tastes. It's an art film. The pacing is slow, there's hardly any music and most of the characters are unlikeable. This is the kind of movie that's meant to unsettle and make you think rather than to simply entertain. I would recommend it to cinephiles, but people who find art films "boring" and think The Criterion Collection is overrated may wish to look elsewhere.

I'm glad that more of these smaller arthouse films are being made available to watch online. Most of the time it's impossible to see them in the theater unless you live in a large city or want to drive a long distance, and you can only read about them while waiting however many months it takes for the DVD.

I would be willing to buy this on Blu-ray, but as of this writing a Blu-ray has only been announced for the U.K. I have a feeling this will only be on DVD in the U.S., and if so, it's a shame.
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92 of 107 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pretentious, Art House Snoozefest March 10, 2012
On paper, Sleeping Beauty is a great idea. If the film is horrible, you have actress Emily Browning walking around naked for a good majority of the film. How can you lose right? Well, Julia Leigh's directorial debut fails to even be erotic. There's nothing particular titillating about it, so the sexual content doesn't even compensate for how unengaging the film is. In 2008, the script made the 2008 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays going around Hollywood. I'm starting to doubt the validity of the Black List, considering the last film I read about making this list was Cop Out. Sleeping Beauty premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and received a lukewarm reception in its limited release. The next time you hear someone negatively describe a film as "pretentious art house fare," you can look to this film to get a better understanding of what they mean.

Emily Browning plays Lucy, a university student with a number of odd jobs. There's little insight into her personality, although we see her at a club agreeing to have sex with a man as the result of a coin toss. Lucy responds to an ad in the student newspaper and meets Clara (Rachael Blake), who tells her the job is freelance silver service (basically a waitress) where she'll be clad only in lingerie (others are nearly naked) catering to upper-class, mostly older men. Remember the orgy in Eyes Wide Shut? It's easy to imagine those same people in attendance being served here. It's similarly elite and mysterious. As an employee, Lucy is called Sara and is told on the first day to match her lipstick to the color of her labia. Clara soon requests Lucy for a different type of job.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre....Spoiler Alert! December 5, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video

I was looking forward to seeing this movie because I really like Emily Browning. The movie started out pretty interesting but then turned bizarre. A young college student obviously in need of money has two jobs and seems to do a bit of prostituting herself at night at restaurants/bars on the side. She takes a job as a "freelance" private entertainer. Her first night after entertaining a party with other girls, she comes home and lights an Australian 100 dollar bill on fire? I did not get it in a practical sense considering she needed the money. What made it confusing to me is that her first night didn't seem to go so bad. There was no sex involved. She wore lingerie that covered up more of her than the other girl's outfits and all she did was pour drinks for the most part.

Another odd scene, at her office job, she was laying down( not sleeping) on the floor in the middle of the copy room and her boss walked in on her. No explanation, nothing and her boss said nothing to her.

She started to go to the home of her boss of the freelance job where she was given a drink to knock her out. She would sleep naked in bed while men came in to do bizarre things to her with one rule: no penetration. Then a second rule: no leaving marks( after an incident).

She was curious as to what went on and so decided to privately record one evening. I won't give it away but the movie ended showing what happened.

It wasn't a bad film, I thought it was definitely artsy but it left me a bit baffled at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars transparency
Do you understand the film is a reflection of life for many young women. What happens is non fiction and someone who has the power to , shows what does happen behind closed doors. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by william
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in time
She played her role well; however, what was the intended message out of this movie? Was it about a young unskilled girl who had to sell herself to survive?
Published 1 day ago by Tamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly wonderful
I sincerely enjoyed this movie, and even over an hour and a half long it went by quickly. I love and always look for these kinds of 'artsy' movies, and this one I will recommend.
Published 2 days ago by Apsara
1.0 out of 5 stars what version did they read
don't know what this is? Like I said why make this movie and what does it show anybody want to speculate?
Published 2 days ago by david guy
4.0 out of 5 stars great acting by the star
a very troubling movie but Emma was terrific...didn't have closed-captioning, which would have been very helpful understanding the story because i had to watch it twice to get the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by krlastnamenewton
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
didnt like this at all. made no sense. maybe some hidden meaning i failed to understand, not for untrained film viewers.
Published 6 days ago by Amrut Kapare
1.0 out of 5 stars why
Not on android. Plzplz plz plz i got prime but hate all compatible devices i dnt own. I will have to waye and spend more on tv dnt need samsung smart cuz i got 3 samsung yabs note2... Read more
Published 7 days ago by george
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it at all!
I'm not sure that I ever really figured out what this movie was about. It left me sad and feeling lonely. I DO NOT recommend this anyone...for any reason.
Published 8 days ago by Ashleigh Fairley
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite the original idea for a film
I do not agree with the poor reviews listed; the film was criticized for poor acting and character development. But those critics seem to have missed the point. Read more
Published 9 days ago by WIlliams Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty
So not the fairy tale at all. This movie is a look inside the world of people who have too much money to burn and want to get there rocks off. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Marc
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