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Sleeping Beauty (2011)

A film by author Julia Leigh, starring Emily Browning.

Lucy (Browning) is a college student constantly looking for work. One day, she answers an ad in the school newspaper, which leads her down a rabbit hole of strange prostitution and absolute discretion. Based mainly on short story House of the Sleeping Beauties, and less on the Disney film of the same name.


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  • The Alcoholic: Birdmann may qualify, if pouring vodka in his cereal rather than milk is any indication.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Pointing out the downsides and harmful consequences to this trope is practically the entire point of the film.
  • Ill Girl: Gender-Inverted. Lucy's only close friend Birdmann is suffering from an illness that is never made clear.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Lucy and Birdmann, though Birdmann seems to wish things were less platonic.
  • She's Got Legs: Lucy invokes this in all of her outfits.
  • Squick: The opening sequence is meant to invoke this in viewers, as well as Lucy's experiences as the titular sleeping beauty.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Lucy tries to invoke this.
  • Woman in White: Lucy in lingerie work, especially given that she's the only woman there in white.

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