The Sleeping Beauty

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  • Summary: Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years. While in slumber, Anastasia comes of ageCursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years. While in slumber, Anastasia comes of age through a series of vivid dreams, filled with charming princes, dwarves, gypsies and magical creatures. When she reawakens a fully-formed adolescent, she finds that in real life, happy endings are more elusive than in our fantasies. (Strand Releasing) Expand

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jul 5, 2011
    91
    Following 2009's "Bluebeard," French filmmaker Catherine Breillat continues her unique and psychologically, erotically daring deconstruction of classic fairy tales and the female condition.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 18, 2011
    88
    At its best, The Sleeping Beauty reclaims fairy tales as a kind of oral folk REM state, chewing over anxieties about adulthood, behavior, sex, and belonging in potent symbolic form.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jul 7, 2011
    85
    Breillat manages to give us a lush, quiet spectacle with The Sleeping Beauty.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jul 5, 2011
    70
    Though The Sleeping Beauty ends ambiguously, it remains consistent with the logic that Breillat has laid out: A girl's childhood and adolescence are often culturally sanctioned confinements. But the prisoners aren't always victims; the jails can be escaped through the courage to "go alone into the world."
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 7, 2011
    70
    The pleasures of Ms. Breillat's work are its commitment and seriousness and its raw, sometimes very funny perversity: she's lets everything hang out, without apologies.
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 8, 2011
    60
    Breillat, seemingly inspired as much by C.S. Lewis and Hans Christian Andersen as by original author Charles Perrault, doesn't really make the most of her subversive premise.
  7. Reviewed by: Diego Semerene
    Jul 5, 2011
    25
    Judging from The Sleeping Beauty, and the previous "Bluebeard," the provocations stop with the choice of the material, as the tone and style of these films are jarringly well-behaved.

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