“You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.”
Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy 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 Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep. –Official Synopsis
Julia Leigh (born in 1970 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian novelist, film director and screenwriter.
She received prizes and nominations for her novels The Hunter and Disquiet. The Hunter was adapted into a 2011 feature film starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Frances O’Connor. Leigh also wrote the screenplay Sleeping Beauty about a university student drawn into a mysterious world of desire. Leigh made her directorial debut with this screenplay in 2011 Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning. Her film was selected for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. –Wikipedia
This film deserves the descriptor "l'écriture feminine," for its cinematic "writing from the body." Overt references to Chantal Akerman and Ingeborg Bachmann make it even sexier! A must see.
I’m glad I give it a try. Everything in this movie is beautiful. I like its white/brown tone and slow pace. The interview session is attention-grabbing and I should say that Emily Browning is really gorgeous here :D. She’s believable as that dismal, seems careless (even promiscuous) yet actually sensitive and lonesome Lucy. The way she says, “Will you marry me?” in childlike manner somehow touches me. Sadly, I don’t get its ending. My bad :|
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