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The Art of Indirection: Catherine Breillat's "The Sleeping Beauty"

17 July 2011 9:17 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Like many other great directors, Catherine Breillat returns repeatedly to the same themes and subject matter. But her followers know that she likes to throw curveballs, and her latest, The Sleeping Beauty (La belle endormie), is one of her biggest surprises.  Breillat plans a trilogy of fairy tales, and the film that started the series, 2009's Blue Beard (Barbe Bleue), stuck reasonably close to genre, providing a good opportunity to assess her filmmaking personality against the backdrop of a traditional story. I expected the same of The Sleeping Beauty, but the game has changed radically. This time, Breillat is not content to refract the fairy tale through the prism of her temperament: instead, she uses the pretext of children's storytelling as camouflage to enable one of her most daring leaps into abstraction.

In retrospect, the first clue that Breillat is after bigger game is that, whereas Blue Beard maintains a »

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