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Fairytales Reimagined: Catherine Breillat’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
November 2, 2017 @ 6:45 pm
We’re presenting Catherine Breillat’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY as part of our Fairytales Reimagined series this November! See the rest of the lineup here!
“French filmmaker Catherine Breillat’s continues her unique and psychologically, erotically daring deconstruction of classic fairytales and the female condition.” –Lisa Schwarzbaum
“A lush, quiet spectacle.” – Movieline
Catherine Breillat (FAT GIRL, ROMANCE,) has turned her subversive and political eye toward fairytales, and we’re all about it. Deconstructing the happily ever after, a shorthand notion with which we’re all too familiar, Breillat reimagines the passive Sleeping Beauty with a decidedly feminist lens, never losing touch with the bold and polarizing voice for which she is so well known.
Cursed at birth by an evil fairy, Anastasia is destined to prick her finger and die at the age of sixteen. When three feckless fairy sisters discover this, they hatch a plan to alter the curse: rather than die, Anastasia will sleep for 100 years. While in slumber, Anastasia comes of age through a series of vivid dreams, filled with charming princes, dwarves, gypsies and magical creatures. When she reawakens a fully-formed adolescent, she finds that in real life, happy endings are more elusive than in our fantasies.
Dir. Catherine Breillat. 2011. 82 min.