"Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy's absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy's daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep."
I had read the script and let me tell you, it's definitely a disturbing, unnerving, deeply haunting and extremely powerful story that just reading it left me with this heavy feeling. Imagine watching the scenes unfold on the screen.
This isn't the kind of movie to watch idly, and it's certainly not for everyone. This is something that will definitely emotionally drain you and that you'll think about after, and it might be triggering for some people due to the subject matter and content. Let me just say that this seems very Dollhouse-esque, just without the science fiction element and more unnerving with the content presented, plus with the original tale of Sleeping Beauty, of course. Emily Browning picks the most unique and fascinating roles, which she picks them not due to popularity but due to the storytelling and what is considered challenging for her as an actor. Unfortunately, I can already hear people criticizing her for being in another "misogynistic role" and totally missing the point yet again. But it's their loss, since the script was hauntingly brilliant and I suspect the film will be, too.
It premieres at the Cannes Film Festival May 11th. Please check it out.