The Sleeping Beauty
On the heels of the mesmeric “Bluebeard” comes this wonderfully idiosyncratic, heady and erotic exploration of another classic Charles Perrault fairy tale by French cinema’s endlessly probing and brilliant provocateuse. Time-tripping with a truly precocious heroine, we follow a once-cursed six-year-old princess as she awakens a century later at the ripe old age of 16.
Film 21 of "The December Project" 2012
Although I have given myself a mission to watch more foreign films since my experiences with them are limited, this French film loosely based on Sleeping Beauty was literally viewed because it was leaving Netflix streaming in a few days.
I seriously didn't quite understand any of this film, maybe I'm just an asshole American that has no taste for European cinema. But this movie jumped around from scene to scene and didn't really explain anything besides the fact that the little girl was in a dream state and searching for her friend Peter, who I think she met in her dream, but I really couldn't verify that statement, since the…
Well, as it turns out, all it takes is a little humor to make me enjoy a Catherine Brelliat film. Who knew?
The first two thirds of this movie are fun and charming and playful, while still exploring the gender politics that Brelliat has been writing her thesis on for the past 30 years.
The final third, where Sleeping Beauty is all grown up, ends up the same as every other movie she's ever made, right up to the enigmatic final shot, which if I'm reading it right, is really, really stupid.
3 out of 5 (B-)