Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

DVD - 2012
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Beautiful college student Lucy (Emily Browning) has just begun dabbling in sex work when she accepts an interview with Clara (Rachael Blake), the proprietor of an elegant prostitution business which caters to a wealthy clientele. Accepting the opportunity with the understanding that the job is to be handled with the utmost discretion, Lucy's unconventional duty is to consume a sleeping potion that will render her completely unconscious, at which time the clients are permitted to enter her chamber and indulge their prurient desires.
Publisher: [Australia] : Screen Australia ; [Canada] : Distributed by Entertainment One, c2012
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC SLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.

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Les_J
Jan 20, 2017

BORING! so, we have unanswered questions after watching this. If you seen the TV series Doll House, maybe this was the mind control direction where it was heading?
The nudity was tame, even with senior citizen male genitals exposed. Emily Browning is petite and looks young, like a pre-teen. There is nothing special here.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 30, 2016

Poor character development, and a pretentious plot. And the lead actress is no sleeping beauty. Yawn.....

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BlueSparkleEyes
Aug 25, 2016

Polanski-esque film, clearly written in the spirit of Repulsion, yet not as well-executed. It's another story of the plight of the beautiful woman. Few people are going to get the point of the film as they can't perceive she has any difficulties. She starts off as a student, struggling alone to pay for her education. She works as a subject in a scientific experiment, as an office cleric, a cleaner and, because she is highly desirable, by selling her body. Her beauty is her strength but it also makes her the prey. She is gradually debased to being nothing more than her body, an unconscious plaything for powerful, older men. Being nothing but a 'piece of meat' leads inextricably to death, a fact she 'awakens' to in the end of the film. Depressing film but I appreciated the effort.

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EB8624
Oct 16, 2015

When you start watching it feels like it would be a worthwhile movie. But no, it gets more depressing and annoying. Save yourself from a waste of time.

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tt5207
Aug 18, 2015

Pg 13

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Kagamusha
Jun 23, 2015

Oh, Well, what to say...first off, this is Not a Jane Campion film;
it is Presented by her, the film is actually by Julia Leigh. Actually, that's all there is to say about this film.

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jazeebelle
Oct 25, 2014

This is a quirky movie. The idea behind it is somewhat original and the portrayal of the story is well done. Not a film for everyone, (sex fantasies) but a unique watch.

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langfordgriffing
May 16, 2014

This is an Australian movie. Sometimes POSH people speak with pretentitous British accents as was the custom for educated people back in the day or are simply British people who have immigrated to Australia.

One problem with modern Aussie films is that they get funding by the Film Commission based on only a treatment. This makes for many films with a fairly interesting concept but no plot fleshed out and no effort needed at good screenwriting. This played at Cannes, so there is a demand for this movie regardless of its amateurish quality, so I don't blame the library staff for this experience.

Julia Leigh is WAY overrated as a writer and director. I didn't realize until the end that it was her work or I would have parachuted earlier. I have seen some gushing reviews of this really awful movie. Very Emporer's New Clothes. I suspect it justifies their interest in seeing some pretty young thing (such lovely skin) talk dirty and get her kit off as FINE ART. Too bad this movie is neither sexy nor intellectual.

My least favorite part of this was the pretentious unedited lecturing by the old gent who later appears in the final scene. I watched the whole thing only to see if the ending would be as non-existent as I expected. Sigh. Wooden acting, blank looks, and repetitious dialogue is meant to pass as mythic depth. And rather than expending the effort to write something ACTUALLY meaningful, the sloppy plotlines are left dangling in an effort to be profoundly COOLER THAN THOU.

Like- don't you GET it?
Um. No. No, I don't.

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ashleysears
Apr 11, 2014

British accents, but Canadian money (at least that is what it looked like to me).
This movie was flipping weird and not in the artys kind of movie way. It was just weird. What is with the dying drunk guy she visits, did we miss a whole chunk of the movie there? And what is the point of her sleeping. Why? And why does she freak out so bad when she wakes up. It was just weird.

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KennyBania
Mar 02, 2014

Um, yeah. The best I can say is that if a guy watches this movie, it's porn. If a woman watches it, it's erotica. It's an empty bit of rubbish. There's no real story worth telling.The movie should have been called 'Dumb and Dumber' but that title was already taken. I disagree with the comments below suggesting that it's worthy of discussion in a film study class. It's not, unless the class is about how to make a pretentious movie with Britishy accents and supposedly classy manners and stylish clothes to cover up a lousy script that's a prop for a lot of silly nudity. I challenge any woman to watch this movie without rolling their eyes and no fast forwarding. I'm not sure the library staff watched it before ordering it. If so, I'd like to read the criteria for selecting movies! Is there a quota of bad movies the library has to buy?! Anyway, that said, borrow it for s***s and giggles.

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Ron@Ottawa
Oct 30, 2016

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual situations.

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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