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Sleeping Beauty: A strange kind of prostitution

A scene from "Sleeping Beauty"


3 out of 4 stars


Directed by Julia Leigh (Australia)

Creepy but visionary, novelist Julia Leigh's debut film is about a milky pale university girl (Emily Browning) who takes on a strange kind of prostitution. She's drugged and, in her comatose state, old men go to bed with her to do whatever they want, short of penetration. Shot in a series of single-take scenes, it has the unnerving quality of watching some weird anthropological rite, as the girl puts herself into a near-death state for old men who seek to gain life through access to young flesh. At least part of this oneiric fantasy seems to be about the idea that we're also responsible for what we choose not to know.

Sept. 14, 9:30 p.m., Lightbox 1; Sept. 18, 4 p.m., Lightbox 3

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