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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Emily Browning , Rachael Blake , Julia Leigh  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 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 (256 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006Z7Z3VS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,393 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, Salon.com

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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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170 of 184 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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102 of 118 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pretentious, Art House Snoozefest March 10, 2012
Format:DVD
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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59 of 72 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre....Spoiler Alert! December 5, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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 Five Stars
I LOVED THIS MOVIE AND SERVICE
Published 3 days ago by Theodore W. Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars A Horrendous Arstic Flop
This movie looked as if it was going to be on the same tier as "Eyes Wide Shut" or "Youth Without Youth". Read more
Published 11 days ago by Phoenix
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
NO-WHERE
Published 21 days ago by RGM
3.0 out of 5 stars It could not be rated as a great movie since its story line is very...
It could not be rated as a great movie since its story line is very weak and much of the sexploits appear degenerate or badly orchestrated, frequently emblazoned with vulgar... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AJJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 2 months ago by Mike Ognibene
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty
Thank You
Published 2 months ago by Mindy
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept on this movie
Kind of takes you into an interesting segment of the brothel scene. Interesting movie to say the least. Recommend for a one time view.
Published 2 months ago by Edward Ruth
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Beauty
In spite of an implausible story line, the acting by the lead is very good. The "madame" and her seedy clientele are more of a distraction than a compliment to the movie.
Published 2 months ago by William T. Meddings
3.0 out of 5 stars Holy Crap - a companion to Sucker Punch and Eyes Wide Shut
What do you do when you are a terrible person, rich, possibly famous and never want to get caught?

Well, you can roofie your "dates. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dwight
2.0 out of 5 stars too deep
Hard to keep interested. Keeps you guessing about the message. I believe I am the wrong person to comment on this film.
Published 3 months ago by William Imlach
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