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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.

Director:

Julia Leigh

Writers:

Yasunari Kawabata (idea), Julia Leigh (screenplay)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvó szépség See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 70,204 (Australia), 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,207, 4 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,710

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$435,468
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emily Browning replaced Mia Wasikowska who dropped out to do Jane Eyre (2011). 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

Hallelujah Businessman: Some people fake their deaths. I'm faking my life.
Lucy: You're doing a good job.
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Featured in Brows Held High: Sleeping Beauty (2012) See more »

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What Gives
Written by Deniz Tek (as D. Tek) and Warwick Gilbert (as W. Gilbert)
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5/10
8 August 2011 | by he_who_leadsSee all my reviews

This movie's trailer got people talking because of its very Kubrick vibe. And, in fact, the movie explores territory very similar to 'Eyes Wide Shut'. How sex has become more liberal and extreme, yet also sterile and disconnected.

The lead character, Lucy, (Emily Browning - a long way from Lemony Snicket) exhibits this. She'll sleep with people at the drop of a hat, yet with little evidence of desire. In fact, there's hardly any evidence that she processes strong emotions at all. She just goes about her business. Things happen to her, and she's too reticent to shrug them off.

To solve financial worries, Lucy gets a job at a posh, exclusive establishment where she is willingly placed naked and unconscious in a bedroom for a client, to do with her as he wishes (except penetration).

Through Lucy and the various clients, we see how we need vulnerability in others to relax the masks that we wear. Otherwise, we are so preoccupied with maintaining an image that we don't even try and connect with others. Emily Browning does well at rounding out the expressionless Lucy, and the voyeuristic nature of the material makes the movie entertaining. Unfortunately, the ending, though a pretty logical conclusion, also feel anti-climatic, a tad obvious and leaves us feeling short-changed.

The film is an interesting, respectful, non-gratuitous effort, yet many will ultimately find it like the leading lady - pretty impenetrable.


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