Lisa Schwarzbaum
June 27, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Sleeping Beauty

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
82 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/08/11
performer
Julia Artamonov, Carla Besna nou
director
Catherine Breillat
distributor
Strand Releasing
author
Catherine Breillat
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Following 2009’s Bluebeard, French filmmaker Catherine Breillat continues her unique and psychologically, erotically daring deconstruction of classic fairy tales and the female condition. In this assured telling, filled with voluptuous fantasy imagery, an adventurous little girl is destined to fall under a spell at the age of 6, sleep for a hundred years, and awaken at the age of 16. In slumber, she dreams magical scenarios for herself that shape how the reawakened young woman will feel about risk, peril, desire, and Princes Charming. A?

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