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Sleeping Beauty

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This is not the fairytale we all remember.

“Your vagina will not be penetrated, your vagina will be a temple…” So goes cinema’s oddest job interview, in Julia Leigh’s disquieting debut.

Soon enough Lucy (Sucker’s Punch’s Emily Browning) is being paid to lie, drugged and naked, next to strange men: part muse, part whore, part projection.

Set in anodyne environments in which the camera can scarcely move, this is an essay in sexual dissociation that remains a whisker away from ridiculous and an equal distance from obscene, with Browning on fearless form.

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