Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty

Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty 2011 Advised by October's  UK Elle Magazine, I watched Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty, starring Emily Browning and Rachel Blake. What I found particularly captivating about this film is it's ability to haunt and disturb. Emily Browning plays Lucy, a young, evidently promiscuous girl, struggling to pay her rent and working a number of jobs to make ends meet. She stumbles upon a job in the papers, working as an Escort.  This is then preceded by the first of many sexual and particularly unnerving scenes. I won't reveal too much about the scenes, as I am guessing there are many still yet to watch this film. But it's tone sits somewhere in between Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and Steven Shainberg's The Secretary starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. What's magnificent about this film, is its ability to push boundaries. It pushes our own personal boundaries and our boundaries as a collective society. I personally think that the old men in this film that desire to lay in bed next to Lucy, a...
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