“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
When Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty” ends, for a moment you wonder exactly what transpired; then you ruminate on its layers of meaning, and it suddenly dawns on you what a deep, brilliantly crafted piece of filmmaking this is. The reference to Ingeborg Bachmann’s “The Thirtieth Year” stories is a stellar allegory-within-an-allegory, best rewound and masticated. “Rise up and walk, none of your bones are broken.”
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