Release Date: December 2, 2011 (limited)
Studio: IFC Films
Director: Julia Leigh
Screenwriter: Julia Leigh
Starring: Emily Browning, Michael Dorman, Mirrah Foulkes, Rachael Blake
MPAA Rating: R
The film premiered at the festival on 12 May as the first competition entry to be screened. In a review from the festival, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the film "Technically elegant with vehemence and control ... Emily Browning gives a fierce and powerful performance ... There is force and originality in Leigh's work". David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called it "Soporific in every sense", with the reservation: "Cannes audiences tend to be more forgiving in sections geared to emerging talent, like Un Certain Regard or Directors' Fortnight. Outside the glare of competition, even this pretentious exercise might have earned some appreciation for its rigorously cold aesthetic". Other reviewers have been intrigued: "Titillates, terrifies and haunts in equal measure", said Sukhdev Sandu in the UK's The Telegraph. Fionnuala Halligan in Screen International wrote "Browning has gone the distance for her director and together, they have delivered something here that sometimes catches your breath." Salon's Andrew O'Hehir's found it "Gorgeous, opaque and disturbing." James Rocchi in Indiewire was also a fan, saying: "This is, in many ways, the kind of film you only get at a major festival, a hothouse flower, beautiful and delicate and yet surprisingly hardy and potentially toxic."
This Reviewer loved it!
Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A bold feminist think-piece about the perceived and disguised societal demands placed on women, "Sleeping Beauty" is a hauntingly erotic film that languishes in the recesses of your sub-conscious."
This Reviewer liked it!
David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"It's hard to say what it all means, but it looks terrific and Browning deserves kudos for taking on such a revealing role."
This Reviewer disliked it!
Peter Debruge, Variety
"The film's frustratingly elliptical style and lack of character insight give it a distinctly first-draft feel."