Friday, June 21, 2013

Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Director: Julia Leigh. Cast: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake. 101 min. Not Rated. Australia. Drama.

Remember the famous ceremony scene from Eyes Wide Shut? This film tries to show the dark side of the moon: Who are these affluent people, who are so powerful, they manage to create these complex secret societies, solely designed to satisfy men's carnal pleasures? What kind of people are the employers, the clerks, ... the employees? The movie even attempts the exact symmetric frame compositions, the eye-level camera angles, and the slow rhythm from Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining - but never achieves the cold, haunting Kubrick touch. Decent effort to imitate the master, though.

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