All the films that Dan Sallitt has given the Red designation to on his wonderful color-coded lists, in roughly chronological…
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.
post modern retelling. Good.
Breillat, firmly in the Cinéma du corps and in Cronenbergian freakiness, makes THE SLEEPING BEAUTY the second in her planned trilogy of explicit fairy tales. The previous year's BLUEBEARD was the first, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be the last. From Perrault in a French vein or the Brothers Grimm in a German one, the Sleeping Beauty is a very weird character all told. From lunar to solar, or from winter to spring, fairies curse a girl to a century of sleep from which a prince can save her. Or something.
The Disney fairy tale from '59 is probably the biggest adaptation yet of the story. And another -- entirely off the wall, departing from it at every turn…
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-)
- One Week
- Our Hospitality
- Girl Shy
- Seven Chances
- Lady Windermere's Fan
- Fright Night
- Speed Racer
- National Lampoon's Vacation
- The Warriors
- Office Space
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Let Me In
- Meek's Cutoff
Top 100 films of the current decade - so far, numbered. Eligibility determined by U.S. release date, but a few…