Emily Browning’s “Sleeping Beauty” hits theaters today (Dec. 2), but don’t take your kids to see this fairy tale. The erotic thriller is about a high-class call girl who engages in a bizarre fetish.
The official trailer is out and shows a largely “R” rated preview of the movie.
The model and rising actress from Australia, makes a serial leap from her last film into an erotic drama about an exclusive prostitution ring.
Browning is best known for playing Violet Baudelaire in the 2004 children’s fantasy “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” and as Baby Doll in “Sucker Punch.”
“Sleeping Beauty” is an Australian independent film by first-time director Julia Leigh who wrote the book on which it’s based.
Browning, 22, who won the 2005 AFI International Award for Best Actress for her role in Lemony Snicket plays Lucy, a young university student who is drawn into prostitution.
The ring specializes in bizarre fetishes, and Lucy specialty is taking drugs, so men can play out their fantasies on her while she is unconscious.
She is unable to remember what happened the next day.
So far critics are even split on the merits of the film, according to review tracking site rotten tomatoes.
“Precisely staged but maddeningly obtuse, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ is an artful exercise in pointlessness,” wrote AP critic Cristy Lemire.
The film, however, got an important thumbs up from The New York Times.
“There is a measure of soft-core titillation in this, for sure, but Ms. Leigh observes Lucy’s body and what happens to it with a dreamy detachment that is seductive and unnerving in equal measure,” wrote Times critic A.O. Scott.
The film also stars Michael Dorman, Rachael Blake as Clara, Tammy McIntosh, Mirrah Foulkes as Sophie, Henry Nixon as Mark and Chris Haywood.
Browning took the role after Mia Wasikowska bowed out of the film.
The film is in a limited run. Check out the safe trailer below.