Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties)
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Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties)
Away from every-day-life in Berlin which fades out in the afternoon entering darkness Edmond visits by advise of his older friend Kogi a mysterious 'maison', kind of a bordello, specialized for senile customers beyond their 80's. In this 'etablissement', it is possible for these old men to spend time in bed with beautiful, sleeping girls a whole night through. The girls won't awake, they are narcotised, and these old guys will feel warm and comfortable embracing the youth and the beauty of these young women. More and more Edmond surrenders to this unconscious seduction,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Glowna presents this smoky German feature as an elegy for lost youth, but it's so tumescent with male self-pity that I couldn't wait for it to end."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Based on an acclaimed novella by Japanese author Yasunari Kawabata, the film is one of those self-consciously atmospheric literary adaptations that suffer from a surfeit of symbolism and pretentiousness."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Most bad movies are simply forgettable. But some bad movies are so amazingly wrong that you feel compelled to gawk at them."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"...keeps things moving even when there is actually little going on besides morbid ruminations and deep drifts of sleep."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"Despite the fact that its premise sounds like it was dreamed up by a pervert who depends on that date rape drug for a social life, this macabre molestation mystery proves to be easy to swallow."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Do you find this premise anything but repugnant? It offends not only civilized members of both sexes, but even dirty old men, dramatizing as it does their dirtiness and oldness."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Not even the august presence of Maximilian Schell can dispel the odor of fusty smut that clings to House of the Sleeping Beauties."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"With the mounting number of first-rate foreign-language films locked out of movie theaters due to wary distributors, it's worth pondering why such laughable dreck as German director Vadim Glowna's House of the Sleeping Beauties actually made it through."
‑ Robert Koehler, Christian Science Monitor
"a turgid porn fantasy tale for depressed old men"
‑ Paul Brenner, Filmcritic.com
"Telling what amounts to a rather simple story, Glowna puffs up his exposition with quotes from Chinese poetry, rounds of heavy-handed symbolism and experiments in multiple narration."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Sure, there's copious full-frontal female nudity and an aroused male body part, but such scenes are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. There's a subtle difference, but still a difference."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A meandering, self-indulgent rumination on old age, death and unfulfillable desire, German actor-director Vadim Glowna's adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's surreal, ironic short story gets everything but the surrealism and irony right."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"It's easy to feel as drowsy as any of the titular ladies while watching this misogynistic, soporific contemplation of old age, mortality and T&A."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"If ever there was a paradigm of insufferable European art-house pretentiousness, this is it."
‑ Nick Schager, Cinematical
"Steeped in European sensibilities, "House of the Sleeping Beauties" is a melancholy diary of human frailty juxtaposed against a fuzzy palate of artistic exploitation."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com

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