NSFW Trailer and Image for Cannes’ Selection SLEEPING BEAUTY Starring Emily Browning

     April 14, 2011


As we just reported, the selections for this year’s Cannes Film Festival have been announced.  Among this year’s selections is Julia Leigh’s dark psychosexual drama Sleeping Beauty.  How dark is the film?  Well here’s what he heard the synopsis was last year: “a haunting erotic fairy tale about a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who sleeps, drugged, in a ‘Sleeping Beauty chamber’ while men do to her what she can’t remember the next morning.”

The trailer has some striking imagery and I’m intrigued by the unnerving premise.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with some images from the film.  The 2011 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11 – 22nd.

Here’s the official synopsis for Sleeping Beauty:

“You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.” 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.


  • ska-triumph

    I remember reading a draft of the script and feeling like the eerie-ness was maintained via the lead character’s life before she even got entry into this inverted world — an even more pronounce setup than, say, REPULSION’s heroine.

    But then, just as the creep and justice-getting factors were going up, it was “done.” It wasn’t fulfiling/fleshed out. But with this trailer – and the writer doing the directing duties – I’m hopeful it has a fuller conclusion.

    And hey Ms. Browning has got to “watch” it; I hope her playing submissive/ women fighting submissively to break free ends soon.

    • clero

      Such (“incomplete”) stories often work very well on silver screen (well for me anayways). Meditative and eerie thrive a lot of good (as much foreign as indie American) movies these days. Nothing much happens but puff you stay mesmerized and interested the whole time.

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  • junierizzle

    Naked chicks but damn it looks boring.

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