Emily Browning‘s characters haven’t been having a good time in the movie theaters lately. As Baby Doll in Zack Snyder‘s “Sucker Punch,” her character escaped the harsh world of a brutal mental institution by becoming a burlesque dancer and action star in alternate realities where wearing skimpy clothes was an act of liberation. Well, as Lucy in Julia Leigh‘s Cannes competition entry “Sleeping Beauty” she’s not going to have it much easier, though, the film will likely be much, much better than Snyder’s turgid comic book store mess.
The trailer for the film has arrived, presented by Jane Campion, and it looks like powerful, provocative stuff. ‘Beauty’ is described as a haunting erotic fairy tale that centers on a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who is drugged into sleep while men do to her what she can’t remember the next morning. We presume there will be no dragons and samurais in this one. And indeed, as Browning told us last month, “It’s sort of a disturbing look into this girl’s downward spiral and her needing to find herself—it’s very much the opposite of what ‘Sucker Punch’ is I think.”
All around, it looks like some intriguing, and beautifully shot fare that will undoubtedly mark one of Browning’s most challenging roles to date. Check out the trailer below.