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Sleeping Beauty

 

Australia 2011, 101 minutes
Dir. Julia Leigh
Genres: Drama / Sex

 

“A unique story, untellable in any other medium, that resists both easy dismissal and glib praise, sinking into the mind with the ungraspable, all-pervading power of a dream.”~James Rocchi, The Playlist

Aroview: Award-winning Australian author Julia Leigh makes her directorial debut with this unsettling erotic fairy tale of a young university student who is drawn into working at an exclusive brothel where services are offered to high paying clients while the 'hostess' is asleep.

Effectively provocative and artfully decadent in the Peter Greenaway mould, the dubious premise is treated with deliberate austerity, though some of the stilted dialogue is perhaps not so deliberate, and further distances the viewer from ultimate gratification.

NZ International Film Festival 2011

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