Directed & Written by Andrew Robinson
Starring Melodie Courval & Jolanta Mojsej
Running time approximately 7 minutes
Beauty Marks is a strange little number, coming in at under 7 minutes of actual "movie time", so its a quick but effective watch. I say effective because it will leave you thinking about it long after the film runs its course. It is very much an Art-House piece, being shot entirely in black and white, with no dialogue utilized, its very minimalist in every way.
The story focuses around two girls, one obviously a bit older than the other, perhaps to indicate mother, daughter relationship, but I cant be sure. The women both have their eyes closed with representations of eyes drawn onto their lids, as they interact with one another it quickly becomes obvious that the relationship is not a healthy one. Abuse and mutilation are key factors in their struggle with each other. As the story closes one character seems to "awaken" from her fugue like state, taking in the aftermath and carnage around her.
If you enjoy bizarre art-house horror i would say this is a must see. I thought it was quite interesting and visually a bit uncomfortable, which is what I think the director was going for. The actresses both give great performances, seeming to almost stare through each other with blinded eyes. I am not going to try to assign a meaning to the film. I feel part of what makes these types of experimental movies so unique is the fact that each viewer will glean their own meaning, making it a very intimate and individual experience. If you have a few extra minutes to fill and are looking for something that will make you think, take a look at the work of Andrew Robinson, its worth the time.
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