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Sleeping Beauty -- SLEEPING BEAUTY, which premiered in competition at this years' Cannes Film Festival, is a fascinating depiction of a young woman's reckless decent into a shocking world of erotic desires.
Sleeping Beauty -- A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.
Sleeping Beauty -- A clip from Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty -- A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.
Sleeping Beauty -- Sleeping Beauty

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Writer:
Julia Leigh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
2 December 2011 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 29 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Better than I'd been led to believe. See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bridgette Barrett ... Dinner Waitress

Rachael Blake ... Clara
Hannah Bella Bowden ... Dinner Waitress

Emily Browning ... Lucy
Alan Cardy ... Dinner Guest
Peter Carroll ... Man 1

Les Chantery ... Driver
Benita Collings ... Dinner Guest

Michael Dorman ... Cook
Eden Falk ... Thomas

Anni Finsterer ... Train Riding Hairdresser

Mirrah Foulkes ... Sophie

James Fraser ... Guy with Ticket
Robin Goldsworthy ... Flatmate
Vernon Hayman ... Dinner Guest

Chris Haywood ... Man 2

Paul W. He ... Student Boyfriend (as Paul He)

Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Man 3
Amit Kelkar ... Lecturer
Sarah Kinsella ... Dinner Waitress

Ewen Leslie ... Birdmann

Tammy Macintosh ... Work Colleague

Ivy Mak ... Business Woman

Tracy Mann ... Waxing Beautician
Stephanie Menere ... Dinner Waitress

Henry Nixon ... Lucy's Ex-Boyfriend

Lauren Orrell ... Dinner Waitress

Nathan Page ... Businessman 2

Kelly Paterniti ... Female Student - Bathroom

Lizzie Schebesta ... Mansion Girl
Natalia Siwek ... Dinner Waitress
Justin Smith ... Hallelujah Businessman

Sarah Snook ... Flatmate
Pearl Tan ... Pedicure Beautician
Jamie Timony ... Student Doctor

Joel Tobeck ... Businessman 1
Sonny Vrebac ... Agent (as Sinisa Vrebac)
Hannah Wang ... Student Girlfriend

Daniel Webber ... Spy Shop Assistant

Matthew Whittet ... Chef - Dinner Party 1

Directed by
Julia Leigh 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julia Leigh  screenplay

Produced by
Jessica Brentnall .... producer
Sasha Burrows .... associate producer
Jamie Hilton .... executive producer
Michelle Russell .... line producer
Timothy White .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ben Frost 
 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Simpson 
 
Film Editing by
Nick Meyers 
 
Casting by
Nikki Barrett 
 
Production Design by
Annie Beauchamp 
 
Art Direction by
Jocelyn Thomas 
 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Thompson 
 
Costume Design by
Shareen Beringer 
 
Makeup Department
Catherine Biggs .... makeup artist
Lesley Vanderwalt .... makeup & hair designer
Lesley Vanderwalt .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Allan .... additional ad
Breeze Callahan .... third assistant director
Dimitri Ellerington .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Zuzia Buszewicz .... art department assistant
Loretta Cosgrove .... construction coordinator
Mark Diggins .... construction foreman
Claire Dignam .... design assistant
Henry Downes .... art runner
Greg Hajdu .... construction coordinator
Ross Perkin .... storyboard artist
 
Sound Department
Yulia Akerholt .... dialogue editor
Paradox Delilah .... sound assistant
Les Fiddess .... foley artist
Sam Hayward .... re-recording engineer
Robert Mackenzie .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Nucifora .... boom operator
Ben Osmo .... sound recordist
Martin Oswin .... foley mixer
Sam Petty .... sound designer
Brooke Trezise .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Adam Mada .... magic consultant: opening sequence
 
Visual Effects by
Simon Alberry .... data manager
Shahane Bekarian .... visual effects artist
Matthew T. Griffin .... digital compositor
James Rogers .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sian Bates .... second assistant camera
Sian Bates .... video split operator
Mal Booth .... dolly grip
Andrew Johnson .... steadicam operator
Wendy McDougall .... still photographer
Matthew Spowart .... second assistant "a" camera
 
Casting Department
Danny Long .... casting associate
Diana Ward .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elly Kamal .... costume supervisor
Dan Owen .... assistant costume stand-by
Christina Validakis .... costume buyer
 
Editorial Department
Brad Dunn .... digital conform editor
Olivier Fontenay .... colorist
David Gross .... additional post-production services
Katherine Heads .... digital intermediate producer
Annabelle Johnson .... assistant editor
Matthew M. North .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Location Management
Louise McNicholl .... location manager
 
Other crew
Olivia Beardsley .... additional dialogue recording
Alex Cardy .... assistant to producer
Mike Horvath .... production secretary
Reza Mokhtar .... caterer
Patrick Rohr .... production runner
Cassandra Simpson .... production coordinator
Nathan Smith .... I/O operations liaison
Caroline Verge .... legals
Lucy Vorst .... production accountant
Diana Ward .... assistant to director
 
Thanks
Jane Campion .... very special thanks
Bec Smith .... very special thanks
 

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101 min
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Trivia:
Emily Browning replaced Mia Wasikowska who dropped out to do Jane Eyre (2011).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Lucy is telling her mom her credit card number she only says twelve digits. Visa cards have thirteen or sixteen.See more »
Quotes:
Clara:Throughout history humankind has used drugs. Drugs are a form of grace. Aspirin for the soul.See more »
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200 out of 244 people found the following review useful.
Better than I'd been led to believe., 6 November 2011
Author: skydancers from Japan

OK, after reading review after review that deliberately refused to engage with the content that was clearly on the screen, I decided to respond to this one:

"However the viewer is distracted by wondering how she manages to fit in her tertiary maths course, a day time job collating documents that you'd expect the machine in the same room to do, second job at the café, visiting a dried out case who has muesli and gin for breakfast, getting picked up in bars and hiring on as a fetish object."

The muesli and gin (vodka?) episode comes when she visits a friend who is an addict/alcoholic, and she obviously is displaying that the only way to get some food into him is to mix it with alcohol. (Also apparent that she's taking the p-ss.) The other scenes are to set up the idea that none of the things she is engaged with in her life --work, school, family --really matter much to her, and that she's pretty much direction less. Also that she needs to work hard to get by, which should be obvious enough. It establishes enough drudgery to explain why she might be attracted to the danger and risk-taking she embarks on.

"Lets not start in on why she burns the hundred dollar note in sustained shot, like the opening with white coat shoving a tube down her throat."

The first is to show her reaction to having some money --as someone who had to struggle for it for so long, she enjoys the sheer pleasure of acting out the idea of having "money to burn". The lab tests, meanwhile, are to show you how desperate she is to pick up some cash through odd jobs -- it also sets up the irony of her being "penetrated" in her straight job, while not being penetrated in her sleeping call girl one.

"As for the performers, our sympathy for the actors' humiliation overrides any criticism of their performances."

Browning did an excellent job, and certainly better than anyone had a right to expect after "Sucker Punch". I hear over and over about what a "blank" she was; I did not find that to be the case at all: nearly every scene plays out on her face and reactions, and I was constantly following her closely for clues as to where her character was coming from. And yes, there were plenty. As for the nudity, this emphasizes her character's vulnerability, especially when contrasted with her clients. The key moment here is when she finds, after starting her "sleeping beauty" job, that she's no longer comfortable sleeping naked at home, and puts on some undies. What her eyes don't remember from her sleeping sessions, it seems her body memory does.

Like the above review suggests, there are a lot of opinions out there about how opaque the film is supposed to be; that's not true at all. The film does leave some gaps for your imagination, and it tends to make you focus on detail and draw your own conclusions --everything isn't spelled out in neat little packets of dialog, as some seem to wish for. ("I'm prostituting myself because my daddy didn't love me when I was young and my mother's an alcoholic." -- I suppose that would be the American version.) This is hardly "Inland Empire", though, and the plot dots are certainly there to be connected for anyone who's looking. The pace is hypnotic, which some will call "slow", and the ending is deliberately vague, but I was surprised how much it left me thinking about the characters, what happened to them both before and after. Haunting.

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