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House of the Sleeping Beauties
A film by Vadim Glowna

100 minutes, fiction, color, German w/ English subtitles, 2008

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Edmond, a man in his sixties whose wife has recently passed away, is told about a secret establishment where men can spend an entire night in bed alongside beautiful, sleeping young women, who stretch, roll over and dream, but never awaken. Bedazzled by their seductive yet innocent tenderness, but distressed about the reason for their deep sleep, he delves into the mystery of the house of sleeping beauties. Based on the beautifully strange novella by Yasunari Kawabata, acclaimed writer-director-actor Vadim Glowna has crafted a mysterious thriller about loneliness, sex, eroticism and mortality.

Starring Vadim Glowna, Angela Winkler and Maximilian Schell.


"The psychology of eroticism is on vivid display!" - Harvey Karten, Compuserve

"Creepily mesmerizing, seductively filmed... Sex, death and the endless fascination of unclothed innocence." - Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"An alternately lyrical and disturbing adult fairy tale." - New York Magazine

"Visually lush." - Time Out New York

"Disturbing... Glowna brings to the cinema regions usually shrouded in the subconscious." - Crystal Oliva, Columbia Spectator

"Dark and affecting... Succeeds in using a fantastic idea to give us a glimpse into a very real, emotional journey." - Cinemafantastique

"Artfully made...visually stunning!" - David Kempler, Big Picture Big Sound

"More than an unsettling voyeuristic fantasy." - Robert Levin, Critics Notebook

Recommended Reading

House of the Sleeping Beauties: And Other Stories by Yasunari Kawabata


See details about this film's theatrical run.


Disc Features

●  Photo Gallery
●  Director Biography
●  Film Notes

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