Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties)
Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen (House of the Sleeping Beauties) (2008)

Director Vadim Glowna explores such complicated issues as loneliness, guilt, remembrance, mourning, sex, death, and dying in this adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's novel concerning a most unusual bordello catering to a most unlikely… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 28% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Stan Hall

Most bad movies are simply forgettable. But some bad movies are so amazingly wrong that you feel compelled to gawk at them.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Not even the august presence of Maximilian Schell can dispel the odor of fusty smut that clings to House of the Sleeping Beauties.

Robert Koehler
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out

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.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 18% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Abell
A very sensual film that explores loneliness and innocence, and does so in a very low-key, almost mystical way. The main character, Edmond (Vadim Glowna, who… More

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