Sleeping Beauty Reviews
There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy's body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure.
Though Julia Leigh's surprisingly dull debut is meant to present the mysteries of a troubled young woman, you're more likely to wonder why its star, Emily Browning, is drawn to such demeaning roles.
It's not much fun watching an Australian director whose small goal in life is to ape French provocateur Catherine Breillat. There's not much thrill in watching Ms. Browning, who is so anesthetized she seems to be dreaming whether she's asleep or awake.
Browning is tiny and frighteningly exposed in these scenes, but Leigh turns the tables: In the moment of her greatest vulnerability, Lucy exercises a curious power over the Johns who pay for her time.