Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Sometimes you watch a movie, and it ends, and you're like "what the heck was that about?". Occasionally that's not such a bad thing, because the film has other qualities: visual beauty, evocative atmosphere, or insane gonzo-ness.
Alas, this film offers none of those three qualities, though it is definitely a "what the heck?" experience.
Lucy is a college student who works multiple jobs and spends her spare time visiting a socially awkward friend who obviously has a thing for her, and picking up casual sex partners at an expensive bar.
The jobs she works are all pretty menial, and Lucy is struggling to make rent (and pay for the drinks at that club, probably). So when she sees an ad in the student newspaper for a high-paying role in 'lingerie silver service', she calls the number. $250 an hour is $250 an hour, after all.
Lucy's quite attractive in a porcelain way (as you can see above) and she gets the job. It soon leads to a new job offer. This one's a bit more outre though: she will be drugged and left naked in a bed. Someone will pay to spend time with her while she's unconscious. She's promised there will be no penetration. How much she is being paid for this is never specified, but it must be quite a lot.
Anyway, that's the premise. A variety of other stuff happens after that but frankly none of it seems to go anywhere. The film is not without good qualities: it is nicely shot, and Emily Browning delivers a good performance as Lucy. The scenes where is unconscious with her customers are generally as unsettling as such a situation ought to be, too. But ultimately, we're not given much reason to like Lucy or care about her, and the film doesn't present any particularly compelling questions or plot threads, and the end ... well who knows what's going on there (I understand what happens, I just don't know what the heck it's trying to convey, in having those things happen).