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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.


Julia Leigh


Yasunari Kawabata (idea), Julia Leigh (screenplay)
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5 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »





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 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


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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Release Date:

2 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beleza Adormecida See more »


Box Office


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:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The position of the game of "Go" used by the lecturer as an example is from a championship match of 1938 between master Shusai Meijin and challenger Kitani Minoru. The game was made known by Nobel Prize-winning writer Kawabata in his book "The Master of Go". The lecturer asks what possibly could cause the Master to make the fatal mistake on move 130. A likely answer is that the Shusai was overcome with anger at his opponent earlier using Shusai's own tricks against him, and emotion took over his reason, prompting him to make a hasty move. See more »


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 »


Clara: Throughout history humankind has used drugs. Drugs are a form of grace. Aspirin for the soul.
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Version of House of the Sleeping Beauties (2006) See more »


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Written by Deniz Tek (as D. Tek) and Warwick Gilbert (as W. Gilbert)
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Draw your own conclusions.
23 September 2011 | by torontomoviesSee all my reviews

A haunting story that serves its character to its audience on a clean plate. Full of strange characters, all seeking love and connection in different ways.

The good:

A stunning performance from Emily Browning.

Stripped down, any attempt at explaining the characters in this film on screen runs the risk of preaching to the audience.

Provoked a lot of discussion.

This is not Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

The bad:

A very unnerving sexual scene that creeped everyone in the movie theater out (though that might be a good thing).

This type of film certainly isn't for everyone.

This is not Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

The dinner scenes were a little boring.

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