DVD Sleeping Beauty [DVD] [] [1 disc] [Region 1] (DVD 15816623),
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Sleeping Beauty [DVD] [] [1 disc] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Provocative French filmmaker Catherine Breillat offers an idiosyncratic variation on a classic fairy tale with this fantasy. Young Princess Anastasia (Carla Besnainou) runs afoul of an ill-tempered witch who puts a curse on her, but while the witch initially condemns the princess to death, three fairies (Dounia Sichov, Leslie Lipkins, and Camille Chalons) are able to change the spell, so instead the girl will fall into a deep sleep at the age of six and wake up 100 years later, when she will appear to be 16. After Anastasia falls asleep, she drifts into a netherworld where she's befriended by a friendly woman (Anne-Lise Kedves) who is raising her teenage son, Peter (Krian Mayan), on her own after the death of her husband. However, Peter runs away with the evil Snow Queen (Romane Portail), and Anastasia sets out to find him. Along the way, Anastasia grows into a teenager (now played by Julia Artamonov), is beguiled by a beautiful gypsy (Rhizlaine El Cohen), and crosses paths with the ill-tempered Johan (David Chausse), who has an unusual connection with the lost Peter. LA BELLE ENDORMIE (aka SLEEPING BEAUTY) received its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Credits
    Carla Besnainou, Julia Artamonov, Kerian Mayan, David Chausse
  • Critic Reviews
    "In THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, Catherine Breillat's wily and witty retelling of the fairy tale, the enchanted princess doesn't just fall into a 100-year slumber, she also hits the road, walking and riding into adventure."
    New York Times

    "[T]he filmmaker continues to mine complicated psychological terrain with a clear-eyed stringency."
    Film Comment

    "[V]isually and stylistically delicate....Dappled lavishly with anachronistic brushstrokes, and laced with more than a few thoroughly modern jokes."

    "[Breillat is] confronting burnished old folk tales head-on. Sly and playful, it's a beauty."
    Los Angeles Times

    "Catherine Breillat continues her unique and psychologically, erotically daring deconstruction of classic fairy tales and the female condition." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

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