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Friday, April 27, 2012

Sleeping Beauty by Julia Leigh, 2011 (NR)

with Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Eden Falk, Mirrah Foulkes

In this dark tale, a young college student takes a decidedly offbeat job: As a "sleeping beauty," she's paid to be fondled or otherwise handled by strangers while in a sedated slumber. Soon, however, she begins to wonder what she's submitting to.

Interesting, reminded me somehow of "Eyes Wide Shut" by Kubrick.Very soft and delicate, even during the most intense scenes. Very French in a way, or I might say European. I guess there is a focus to make on Australian cinema. But at the same time, there was something about the rhythm of the movie that can sometimes detach you too much from the story. Interesting esthetic, contradiction between the image of purity and the real girl that is inside that body. Emotional and at the same time distant, controlled. Emily Browning is highly convincing. I recommend, adults only :)


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