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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 2 December 2011 (USA)
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A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

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Julia Leigh

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (idea), Julia Leigh (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridgette Barrett Bridgette Barrett ... Dinner Waitress
Rachael Blake ... Clara
Hannah Bella Bowden Hannah Bella Bowden ... Dinner Waitress
Emily Browning ... Lucy
Alan Cardy Alan Cardy ... Dinner Guest
Peter Carroll ... Man 1
Les Chantery Les Chantery ... Driver
Benita Collings Benita Collings ... Dinner Guest
Michael Dorman ... Cook
Eden Falk Eden Falk ... Thomas
Anni Finsterer ... Train Riding Hairdresser
Mirrah Foulkes ... Sophie
James Fraser ... Guy with Ticket
Robin Goldsworthy Robin Goldsworthy ... Flatmate
Vernon Hayman Vernon Hayman ... Dinner Guest
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Lucy is a university student who is working a number of jobs. She volunteers at a research lab, works at a coffee shop, and as a photocopy clerk in an office. She responds to an advertisement and embarks on an erotic freelance job in which she is required to sleep in bed alongside paying customers. Written by Anonymous

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Was the first Australian movie to premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival since Moulin Rouge! (2001) a decade before. See more »

Goofs

When giving the credit card number to her mother she says it's a Visa card, but the first number she gives is five. All Visa cards start with four; it is MasterCard that starts with five. See more »

Quotes

Lucy: I love drinking, I'm really good at it
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Version of House of Sleeping Beauties (1995) See more »

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Written by Deniz Tek (as D. Tek) and Warwick Gilbert (as W. Gilbert)
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Er, what was that?

When writing a review for IMDb you have to select whether or not that review is going to contain spoilers. On this occasion however I can confidently say that this review will not contain spoilers, mainly because I've no idea what just happened!

I like a good art house film, and totally understand storytelling in which "less is more". It's nice to be treated with enough respect by a writer/director that I don't have to have everything spelled out for me. But Sleeping Beauty took this to the extreme being giving away virtually nothing.

This film consists of a series of seemingly unrelated snippets; Lucy's flatmates, the Birdman, the various temp jobs, and then ultimately the strange/erotic sleeping arrangements which the film is sold on. I've no doubt that the writer and director have something they want to say through this (no one makes a film for no reason and I love art-driven film because that reason tends to be more meaningful that the box office take) However, you can't put a few streaks of paint on a canvas in the style of another great Austrailian artist, and then down tools with "Can you tell what it is yet?"

In some ways you'll find this film even more disappointing because in some ways it's very good. It is so beautifully shot and Emily Browning puts in a good follow-up to Suckerpunch. On this occasion there just isn't enough to bring those bits together into a coherent whole. In much the same way as we would all deride CGI heavy films that don't hit the mark; being pretty isn't enough if you don't have the substance behind it and they just forgot to put in enough ingredients to make a complete film this time.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,207, 4 December 2011

Gross USA:

$36,578

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$408,680
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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