Jane Campion presents SLEEPING BEAUTY, the bold and provocative directorial debut of Julia Leigh, an official selection of the Cannes, Toronto and Chicago film festivals. Featuring a phenomenal breakthrough performance by Emily Browning, this coolly shocking retelling of the classic myth poses its heroine as a rarified sex-worker, confronting ideas of feminine sexuality with bravado and precision.
- Julia Leigh
- Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Caroll, Chris Haywood
There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 12.01.2011
[An] arty exploitation pic passed off as a feminist parable...Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 01.12.2012
Sharp and precise as its tableaux might be ... Sleeping Beauty never burrows into the brain, and its tenuous provocations fizzle out quickly.Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, 11.29.2011
The result can feel untouchable and impenetrable, but it also serves to make its visceral moments that much more affecting. This Sleeping Beauty is no fairy tale; it's stark, dispassionate and noticeably short on happily ever afters.Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 12.10.2011