Sleeping Beauty

Synopsis: Lucy is a university student who is working a number of jobs. She volunteers at a research lab, works at a coffee shop, and as a photocopy clerk in an office. She responds to an advertisement and embarks on an erotic freelance job in which she is required to sleep in bed alongside paying customers.
Director(s): Julia Leigh
Production: IFC Films
  5 wins & 29 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

And discretion.

And I'm obliged to tell you they're

heavy penalties...

...very heavy penalties

for any breaches of discretion.

-Am I clear?


My sincere advice to you is to

use the money wisely.

Think of it as a windfall,

pay off a student loan.

Please, please do not think

of this as a career.

Just work hard for a short

amount of time.

Your vagina will not be penetrated.

-Your vagina will be a temple.

-My vagina... not a temple.

While that's quite true my darling,

you won?t ever be penetrated.

Now. Will you stand up

for me please and strip.


Open your mouth, darling.

Not pierced?

Do you have any tattoos?


Stand your feet apart a few inches.

What's this?

I had a mole removed.

Please, get dressed.

I have some questions that

I need to ask you.

Are you on any medication?

Just the pill.

Anything else?

-No allergies? Antidepressants?


-Prozac? Effexor?


Are you a smoker?


Maybe the occasional...

...jazz cigarette.

Very rarely.

Other drugs? Anything at all toxic?

No, never.

Why not?

Throughout history humankind has used drugs.

Drugs are a form of...


Aspirin for the soul.

My mother is an alcoholic

with a violent temper.

She runs an astrology hotline.

We have a doctor that we'd

like you to see. For blood tests.

-Will that be a problem?

-No, that's fine.

You called us on a public telephone.

You have mobile?



We'll cover all your expenses,

all your work-related expenses.


Silver service.

-Are you familiar with Silver service?


From what side does one serve the fish?

-Right side.

-Left side.

Thomas, take note.

Thomas is going to help you.

You are very beautiful.

Very talented.

But we're going to make you

even more beautiful.

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Julia Leigh

Julia Leigh (born 1970) is an Australian novelist, film director and screenwriter. In 2011 her debut feature film Sleeping Beauty was selected to screen in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She is an author of two award-winning novels, The Hunter and Disquiet, for which she has been described as a "sorceress who casts a spell of serene while the earth quakes underfoot". more…

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