La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty)
La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty) (2011)

As with most "fairytales", "The Sleeping Beauty" begins with "Once Upon A Time" but anyone familiar with a Catherine Breillat film knows that a "happy ever after" is no guarantee. In a castle in a far… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Enchanting, a bedtime story told by a wickedly literate aunt with a gleam in her eye.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Heartwarming entertainment, gorgeously rendered by cinematographer Denis Lenoir.

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Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The ways in which Breillat makes the fantastical literal and the literal abstract are admirable, but The Sleeping Beauty too often devolves into tell-not-show cinema.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Sly and playful, it's a beauty.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The pleasures of Ms. Breillat's work are its commitment and seriousness and its raw, sometimes very funny perversity: she's lets everything hang out, without apologies.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com

[F]eminist lessons are more charmingly symbolic than didactic . . .in striking images of what [she] was dreaming [at] the heart of the film [to] make her fantasy quite real.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Young Besna´nou is so lovely that her solemn independence is a wonder to behold, and her early adventures retain an eerie and compelling charm.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

The results are impressionistic and thought-provoking, but too intellectualized to penetrate deeply.

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Landon Palmer
Film School Rejects

[Breillat is] having fun with the genre and story as her template to toy with, then uses that foundation to engage with human sexuality as a subject.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
At last! A Catherine Breillat film that I really liked. A fairy tale, but unlike any tale you've seen, Ms Breillat seems to have melded the Sleeping Beauty… More
Walter M.
In "The Sleeping Beauty," the birth of the Princess Anastasia(Carla Besnainou) would have been a happy occasion if not for the curse placed on her for… More