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Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
  • 2011
  • Australia
  • 101 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Julia Leigh
  • Cast: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Michael Dorman, Mirrah Foulkes, Henry Nixon

Lucy (Browning) is hired by Clara (Blake) for the 'sleeping chamber', in which she is paid to be drugged and to allow a succession of elderly gents to do anything they desire to her short of 'penetration'. Leigh's purportedly feminist debut is crafted with controlled precision, but is often clumsy, pretentious and voyeuristic.

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Sleeping Beauty

14 Sep 20112 stars

Julia Leigh's modern retelling of the classic fairy tale falls short of its feminist ideals

(18) 101min You could easily mistake Sleeping Beauty for a piece of male wish fulfilment. Australian novelist Julia Leigh’s first film as a writer and director may purport to be a feminist re-interpretation of traditional fairytale elements but the…

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