After Bluebeard, Catherine Breillat brings another oft-filmed fairy tale to the screen in a provocative style all her own. Filmed for French television, The Sleeping Beauty is a gorgeous, sensual retelling of Charles Perrault's fable, but it takes underlying metaphors of sin and female sexuality and depicts them quite graphically. We're talking man-on-girl and girl-on-girl stuff weaved together with dream logic and actual frights. Six-year-old Anastasia (Carla Besnainou) is cursed to die young by an evil witch. To help protect the innocent child, three fairies put her to sleep for 100 years before waking up as a teen (Julia Artamonov). Oh, the vivid dreams she has. Even if your kids read subtitles, they probably shouldn't read these subtitles. Winner of the C.I.C.A.E. Award at Venice. In French with English subtitles.
Catherine Breillat---France---2010---82 mins.