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Recently shown at the Toronto Film Festival 2014, and the Cellar Door Film Festival in Ottawa, Beauty Sleep is a 13-minute long short film from Canadian director Andrew Robinson.

Beauty Sleep describes itself as a “subversive portrait of contemporary identity loss,” and proceeds to make its point in a strange, yet effective way.

The film has only one character played by Maura Stephens. A girl with no name and no voice of her own. Most of the time she even has no face of her own; her face masked by the same blank expression as everyone else. Her life does not have much activity in it and every move is automatic as she goes about her daily tasks with mundane routine.

There is little dialogue, which is usually the case with short films with a statement, and it’s a little weird, yet successful in portraying a contemporary consumer culture.

The film stars Maura Stephens and was written and directed by Andrew J.D. Robinson. It features Randy Mars, Christine Lachance, Anik Rompre, Jordan Lockhart, and Francko Edge.

Beauty Sleep is stylistic, hypnotic and experimental short film. If arty films are your thing, this will be right up your street. Check out the teaser for it below.

WICKED RATING: 3/10  [usr 3]

Title: Beauty Sleep

IMDb

Director: Andrew Robinson
Writer(s): Andrew Robinson
Stars: Maura Stephens
Year: 2014
Studio/ Production Co: (unknown)
Budget: (unknown)
Language: English
Length: 13mins
Sub-Genre: Short, Drama, Fantasy