Australian novelist Julia Leigh’s feature directorial debut “Sleeping Beauty” didn’t win over all the critics in Cannes where it world premiered, but the premise and Leigh’s cold and calculated execution sure got people talking. The trailer for the IFC release premiered today and like the film, it’s haunting, hypnotic and altogether unsettling.
The psycho-sexual drama stars Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch”) as Lucy, a college student who takes up job at a high-end prostitution operation where she is paid to take drugs that render her unconscious while her clients do whatever they want with her (except penetration).
“There’s nothing fairylike about this haunting tale, which maintains a dreamlike feel even when its adventurous protagonist wakes up,” iW’s Eric Kohn wrote in his review out of Cannes.
The film opens in limited release December 2 and will have its U.S. debut at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend.