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Sleeping Beauty [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie
  • Directors: Julia Leigh
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WV6YW0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,588 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed. Quietly reckless, Lucy (Emily Browning ­ Suckerpunch) is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires a drugged, comatose, Lucy¹s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy's daily life as she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep. Haunting and provocative, Julia Leigh's powerful vision is one of the most startling debut features of recent years.


Emily Browning gives a fierce and powerful performance, which should put her in the running for the festival's best actress prize GUARDIAN
"Haunting and dreamlike, a joy to watch"- ELLE
Audacious and suggestive **** - TIME OUT
Dark and erotic VOGUE
"Haunting... Stunning, brave, thoughtful and highly accomplished... it lingers like a vivid dream ****" TOTAL FILM
"Brave and beautiful...mesmerising and hypnotic, the sensual camerawork lingers on the beauty of everything it touches ****" EMPIRE
Intelligent, provocative cinema **** - THE BIG ISSUE

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 25 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A "quietly reckless" university student joins a service that offers its clients alternative kinky experiences. Eventually she takes on the job of sleeping while the clients spend time with her.

It's a very curious Australian art film that tells its "story" in an unconventional, deliberately flat and stately way. Do not expect dramatic fireworks or even much of a plot. Think Eyes Wide Shut directed by David Lynch. And if you're only watching it for sexual kicks then I recommend using your imagination with the Google search box instead. The movie is a little dirty, and it earns its eighteen certificate, but it's not a parade of top quality filth. It's probably also worth pointing out that it was written and directed by a woman so it's more erotic stories than perving at lingerie models.

Although the pace is a little slow I trusted that it was going somewhere interesting so I had zero problems that it wasn't zipping along. And I say this as someone with little patience for slow paced movies and even less for slow art movies. For me to find it compelling is against the odds of past experience.

There are a lot of oblique, obscure and unexplained moments and scenes throughout the whole film. I thought the blanks were easy to fill in for myself. And I don't believe the makers have definitive answers or explanations anyway as to why or what had happened. Whatever I decided for myself was the right answer. It might frustrate people who want everything spelled out and explained. I'm sure there are more than a few viewers who are totally mystified by the Birdman relationship.*

Visually the movie is a little bland as it was mostly shot in masters only. This means that whole scenes were filmed in one fairly static unbroken long shot without any editing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lionface on 7 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
Firstly, as mentioned in other reviews - it's a love or hate film. Cold and frustrating for some, but deep and thought provoking for others. A personal vision for it's writer/director which touches subtly and intimately on grand themes such as death, desire, curiosity, emptiness and the long dark night of the soul.

The core of the film is Lucy, a young girl in her quest of survival both financially and emotionally. Menial job, unstable living situation and relationships - common indie film subjects. But as curious Lucy applies for a strange, dangerous, erotic job, both she and the film then take a turn into a darker underworld. The film then becomes more dreamlike, jet lagged even as the underlying themes become more relevant than the actual events themselves. The jigsaw piece style of narrative is handled very well in my opinion.

It beats to it's own heart but the films it reminded me of most were 'Story of O', 'Mulholland Drive', 'Celine and Julie go boating' 'Picnic at hanging rock' and Michael Haneke's 'Hidden'. Unusually European flavour for an Australian film. Delicate and haunting but not everyone's cup of tea/mysterious white powder bedtime beverage.
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Oct 2011
Format: DVD
Sleeping Beauty is Vegemite - an Australian film which will you will either love or hate.

Emily Browning stars as Lucy, aka Sara, a student of loose morals who juggles various jobs and takes on a role doing silver service whilst wearing lingerie. She also juggles various men. Lucy, aka Sara, is told that she will be working with other women, some of whom will have more responsibilities. In time, Lucy, aka Sara, also takes on new responsibilities - specifically taking a narcotic dose and sleeping naked for the pleasure of old men. It's beautifully shot, with near still camera angles, long periods of silence and very creepy undertones. Then by day, Lucy, aka Sara, goes back to university and sits in lectures, awaiting phone calls to spring her into action.

Meanwhile, Lucy does her best to maintain normal relations with her housemates and her various men. Unsuccessfully.

Emily Browning puts in a stellar performance, not least as she plays unconscious whilst being carried about the room and half dropped off a bed. She manages to convince in a very difficult role, blending innocence with moral depravity without ever seeming conflicted.

The premise sounds erotic but, with the exception of one early scene featuring coin tossing, the performance is absolutely deadpan and devoid of all emotion. There is nudity, but it is sterile. Everything feels suppressed. The ending, when it comes, is ambiguous and deflating.

For my money, Sleeping Beauty is a future classic - unashamedly art-house and very heavily stylized. And, as some Australian newspapers have noted, it is an Australian film which doesn't play on its provenance. For much of the film, the action might as well be in a French chateau - referenced by a bed with a bolster rather than pillows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Stuart on 30 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
I really thought this would be my sort of film , it has all the right ingredients, but it feels like a film students arty project rather than a professional effort. It drifts along dreamily , nothing wrong with that at all ,I like slow European and / or Art films. But this feels like an unfinished first edit. There are so many unresolved issues. And Lucy , however well acted , is not simply a rather unattractive character (and an alcoholic in denial), she's actually worse than unpleasant - she's self-centered, she's selfish but mainly....she's boring!
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