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Sleeping Beauty (2011) is an Australian 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.


This film provides examples of:

  • 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. Notably, in this case, there are supposed to be "rules" with how the clients interact with the main character: the clients are allowed to do whatever they want with the main character's body while she's sedated, with the stipulation that they cannot leave any marks on her and cannot penetrate her (though this goes disturbingly unspecified).
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  • 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.
  • Unproblematic Prostitution: Lucy tries to invoke this.

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