Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty
Dir. Julia Leigh
Year: 2011
Aus Rating: MA15+
Running Time: 105mins

There comes a moment about two thirds of the way through author-turned-director Julia Leigh’s debut Sleeping Beauty where a character breaks the fourth wall and recites a lengthy monologue directly to camera. It’s a particularly intriguing and brave moment, in a film that is filled with intriguing and brave moments, that solidifies Leigh’s intention to completely ignore the fundamentals of cinema. She all but states with this scene late in Beauty’s proceedings that there will be no neat and tidy bows tied to this story of high class high creep prostitution. She’s been confounding the audience up until this point and there’s no way she’s about to stop just so we mere mortal filmgoers can walk out the cinema feeling as if we know what we just witnessed.

Let’s go to the start though, shall we?

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Mickche said...

Saw this film today, and it ruined my childhood. Seeing Benita Collins as a dinner guest got a huge gasp out of me.

Michael said...

Tasteless, meaningless, boring.
Ultimately penetrable -- use a young attractive female and subject her to all kinds of sexual abuse.
Been done.

Mad as hell I rented this tonight with dinner guests.

Glenn Dunks said...

I would think the reviews and the box itself should have implied that it wasn't a film to just sit around and watch with friends over dinner.

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