Sleeping beauty: trailer of the week

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Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep. (via Pollen Digital; Cannes 2011 submission)
That's ... unsettling. I just hope it's worth the discomfort.



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3 Response to Sleeping beauty: trailer of the week

April 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM

This looks intriguing from a certain textural angle: in terms of lighting, framing, and the moody "drift"ing pace of the imagery, it feels rather like how I'd imagine filming one of my favorite erotic novels. It's the kind of creepy feel that probably the adaptation of "Never Let Me Go" (judging from its trailer) could've benefitted from a bit more of.

At the same time-- and I say this knowingly-- I find it hard to imagine it isn't simply a retread of what's been done (in writing particularly, though also in film) a million times before.

I found my way to Andrew O'Hehir (?)'s review of "Sucker Punch" the other day--I was googling Jena Malone to try and find out why she's always in my magazines when she never seems to work, and I found she actually does work!-- and he was praising SP because he thought it was trying to be madly original in embracing trash, fetishism, blah blah, pushing the conventions of videogame action cinema to a higher level. And my response is-- Christ, didn't "The Fifth Element" already DO that? Or "Luc", or "Kill Bill", or--or--or??!! How many times has this been *tried* already?

So this "Sleeping Beauty" trailer, I just think: Breillat. Or Lynch. Or my beloved "Riviera" (don't you want to see "Riviera" yet? Do!!). Or "Eyes Wide Shut"? Or an Ozun film. Or--I'm sure someone else will take a stab at adapting "L'Histoire D'O" someday. Or--or-or . . . .

Touches nipple, supresses yawn.

--Actually I think I'll watch this trailer again now.--

Anonymous
April 26, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.

April 30, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Jaze: I do get irritated sometimes when similar scenarios get told and retold a million times on screen, with no added meaningful variance. However, I'll make an exception for exceptionally filmed variance. Or films that strike my weak spot repeatedly. And Sleeping Beauty looks promising in the exceptionally filmed department.

Someone should indeed get on that L'Histoire D'O. Cream!

Anonymous: Hm.

 

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