PDA

View Full Version : Sleeping Beauty (2011)



Dom D
11-10-2011, 05:42 PM
This is an odd one. Emily Browning stars as a girl who gets involved the worlds strangest escort agnecy. The service being that she sleeps naked and drugged while men pay to have their wicked way with her in whatever way they see fit- except for any penetration.

Shot by Julia Leigh- a first time director and famous Aussie novelist- the films a strange beast. For the first hour there's no music. For the first 45 minutes or so there are no cuts within scenes- the film plays as a series of short, single shot scenes that don't necessarily have a lot to do with each other. As the script offers up no explanation for the character does the audience has to tie all these scenes together into some kind of meaning themselves.

I don't think it works. Without much in the way of the characterisation the actors are left floundering, trying to utter these wierd declaratory sentences that always feel written for effect rather than naturalism. It's exceptional cold and ultimately there's such an effort at mystery that there's really nothing to grasp hold of here and make sense of it all. But at least it's something different. The scholars among you should probably see it if for no other reason than I think you'll enjoy dissecting exactly why it doesn't work. Plus you get to see a lot more of Browning here than you did in Sucker Punch.

Paul Casey
11-10-2011, 05:50 PM
Hm, sounds intriguing. For the first 45 mins, would the shots still "work" with the movie if they were mixed up? That'd be an interesting option for the dvd.

Ian Jane
11-10-2011, 06:25 PM
Plus you get to see a lot more of Browning here than you did in Sucker Punch.

I had such mixed feelings about Sucker Punch, but I will say that Browning was actually pretty decent in it. She can act.

Alison Jane
11-10-2011, 06:32 PM
So this isn't the one we have sitting here, right?

Ian Jane
11-10-2011, 06:49 PM
The one we have is the Catherine Breillat film, which I think is a different movie.

Dom D
11-10-2011, 11:22 PM
Hm, sounds intriguing. For the first 45 mins, would the shots still "work" with the movie if they were mixed up? That'd be an interesting option for the dvd.

There's a certain amount of continuity for the scenes with the escort service but, yeah, the rest of the scenes you could either shift out of sequence or even remove altogether and play it as a tighter 40 odd minute film. Actually it would probably play pretty well that way. If I get some free time coming up I'm might have a go at making a better cut.