Director/Writer: Julia Leigh
Starring: Emily Browning, Rachel Blake, Ewan Leslie, Peter Carroll
I know Snow White has been getting the live action treatment lately, but this is not a remake of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”. If you go into this expecting a live action princess story, you will be severely shocked.
This “Sleeping Beauty” is an Australian film about a young woman who finds work in the “escort” industry. In her particular field, she is drugged while her companion is allowed to do anything he wants to her, except intercourse. She is unconscious for the entire encounter. Yes, this sounds as if it falls into the realm of adult erotic cinema, and at times it feels very similar to some of the stranger erotic fare, but it falls more on the side of psychological drama than eroticism. It’s similar to Stanley Kubrick’s final film “Eyes Wide Shut” in that way. There is no actual sex, but it plods along looking for its plot in the same way some erotic cinema does.