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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bridgette Barrett ... Dinner Waitress
... Clara
Hannah Bella Bowden ... Dinner Waitress
... Lucy
Alan Cardy ... Dinner Guest
Peter Carroll ... Man 1
Les Chantery ... Driver
Benita Collings ... Dinner Guest
... Cook
Eden Falk ... Thomas
... Train Riding Hairdresser
... Sophie
... Guy with Ticket
Robin Goldsworthy ... Flatmate
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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2 December 2011 (USA)  »

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Beleza Adormecida  »

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

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When Lucy is telling her mom her credit card number she only says twelve digits. Visa cards have thirteen or sixteen. See more »

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Birdmann: Sandhill Dunnart. Nocturnal and endangered. A marsupial mouse. Thought to be extinct until recently. Its main predators include owls and bats. Little is known about the animal due to its rarity. First they eat insects but will also eat meat on occasion. Sharp, carnivore's teeth. Scared, Sandhill Dunnart will make a loud noise as it moves into an offensive position. What it really is the Sandhill Dunnart is a miniature, a more tenacious kangaroo.
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Featured in Brows Held High: Sleeping Beauty (2012) See more »

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Bratan
Written by Paul Corley
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5/10
8 August 2011 | by See 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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