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Sleeping Beauty
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2,684 Ratings

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Directed by Julia Leigh
Australia, 2011
Fantasy, Mystery

Synopsis

Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a 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. But soon she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.

Synopsis

Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a 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. But soon she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.

Our take

Tipping its hat to Buñuel’s Belle de Jour, this bitingly satirical take on the eponymous romantic fable is an audacious one-off from novelist-turned-filmmaker Julia Leigh. A languid interrogation of voyeurism, sublimation, and commodification, Sleeping Beauty is a pointedly feminist erotic odyssey.