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House of the Sleeping Beauties

Director Vadim Glowna explores such complicated issues as loneliness, guilt, remembrance, mourning, sex, death, and dying in this adaptation of Yasunari Kawabata's novel concerning a most unusual bordello catering to a most unlikely clientele. Edmond is a lonely man in his late sixties. On the advice of his older friend Kogi, Edmond visits a bordello that allows elderly men the rare opportunity to lie down beside beautiful, youthful women. The girls are narcotized before each session, ensuring that they never awaken to actually meet the clients. Presiding over this mysterious establishment is the 60-year-old Madame, a woman who assumes the caring role of mother to both the girls and the men who come to be with them. Each time Edmond lies down next to one of the girls, memories of his previous life come flooding back. Edmond wants nothing more than to disappear silently into death while basking in the glorious perfection of youth. One night, by chance, Edmond observes Madame and her helpers disposing of a corpse. But while Edmond becomes morally conflicted about what he has seen, he cannot stop himself from returning to the bordello. When Edmond begins questioning Madame about the incident, the mystery only seems to deepen.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2009
UPC: 0720229913706
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: First Run Features
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 92,771

Special Features

Photo Gallery; Film Notes; Biographies; Trailer Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vadim Glowna Edmond
Angela Winkler Madame
Maximilian Schell Kogi
Birol Ünel Mister Gold
Mona Glass Secretary
Marina Weiss Maid
Benjamin Cabuk Balladeer
Peter Luppa Priest
Jacqueline Le Saunier Sleeping Beauty
Maria Burghard Sleeping Beauty
Babet Mader Sleeping Beauty
Linda Elsner Sleeping Beauty
Sarah Swenshon Sleeping Beauty
Isabelle Wackers Sleeping Beauty

Technical Credits
Vadim Glowna Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lucie Bates Costumes/Costume Designer
Ciro Cappellari Cinematographer
Michael Frenschkowski Co-producer
Nikolaus Glowna Score Composer
Marco Herten Co-producer
Thomas Knop Sound/Sound Designer
Charlie Lézin Editor
Siggi Mueller Score Composer
Jekatarina Oertel Makeup
Bernd Schaarmann Co-producer
Raymond Tarabay Producer
Peter Weber Co-producer,Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House of the Sleeping Beauties
1. Need For Silence [5:22]
2. Pleasant Sleep [12:01]
3. Lamentation [9:33]
4. Against the Law [6:18]
5. Way to the Light [5:18]
6. Bringer of Death [12:50]
7. No Evil Here [13:22]
8. Many Questions [10:37]
9. First and Last [10:23]
10. Broken Rules [4:38]
11. Eternal Rest [6:23]
12. Credits [2:07]

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