This fairy tale is a bit of a relief from the usual harsh life chronicled by Breillat. It's about the loss of innocence, which in this case involves going from a princess to a young woman. This transformation leads straight back to reality, which for Breillat means harshness.
Contrary to many, I found this a beautiful film. Carla Besnaïnou plays a mesmerizing Anastasia, cursed to a century-long sleep. After an aesthetically stunning dream, she awakens as a 16-year-old in modern day. It beautifully shows the dreamy innocence of childhood, and how sobering the transition to adulthood can be. Anastasia is no longer a little pampered princess, but an adult in a less-than-magical world.
TRES CUTE and the puuurfect video for that sensitive (but confused) 16(maybe 15) year-old who pins some kinda chic fashion clippings on the wall... (I don't think, like that other reviewer said, that flicks don't get any more pretentious then this> in fact I really disagree! TRES DISAGREE!)
Anastasia wants only the most entertaining dreams, and her wish is granted. most of the film/dream is a pretty accurate and gorgeous retelling of H.C. Andersen's fantastic story, The Snow Queen. she has a lot of trouble getting into reality, afterward; but doesn't everybody!
This has its flaws, but Oh! How I love fairy tales! Breillat's sexy updates have a gorgeous sensual aesthetic, and the child actors she employs are always enchanting. There are so many beautiful visuals,and a feeling of magic. I don't believe in god OR science, but I believe in magic!
not quite as fun as "bluebeard," but still a compelling and enjoyably opaque retelling of a children's story. and like "bluebeard," breillat gets fantastic performances out of children, focusing more on the amoral freedom that comes prior to coded, adult sexuality. breillat is pretty pessimistic about the ramifications of sex, but unlike a lot of her ilk, she still treats it with kink and fascination. works for me.
The Sleeping Beauty contains themes that dominate director Catherine Breillat's work but the film is quite uneven. Princess Anastasia rebels against the role society has carved for women but is incapable of igniting a revolution. Her slumber is uninteresting and the final 20 mins contain the most interesting ideas but they are rushed through. The lack of imagination throughout is ultimately disappointing.
I don't know if I've ever been so overwhelmed with joy as I just was discovering the existance of this film after having just watched Bluebeard. I'm obsessed with fairy tales and am quite dismayed that Disney seems to be the only creative force turning them into films (no offense to my childhood). I can't wait for this! I hope it's part two of a trilogy of Breillat fairy tales concluding with The Little Mermaid!
Delivering a monotonous speech in French doesn't undo the monotony. Even if you add nubile young men and maidens recently culled from the extras of Twilight. With side swept bangs and everything. I mean it's like Jodorowsky made a an ad for Seagram's gin which Breillat copied but not before her 16 year old daughter got a hold of it.