Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sleeping Beauty (2011)


Cannes Film Festival 2011

Golden Camera
Julia Leigh
Palme d'Or
Julia Leigh

Sundance Selects
Directed by Julia Leigh
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Australian college student Emily Browning accepts a high-paying job as a "server" in a private mansion, where she and other girls wait on wealthy elderly men wearing little to no clothing. Needing extra cash for her new luxury apartment, she takes a side job in which she drinks a tea which knocks her out for a few hours. During that time the same elderly men are allowed to spend time with her in which they can do anything they want except for "penetration". Some just lie with her in bed, but others sadistically abuse her in increasingly disturbing ways. Reminiscent of Pasolini's Salo only without the political underpinnings, it's a mostly unsatisfying study of old men trying to reignite their long-lost sexual appetites with a cold, but willing, young girl.

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