It’s Like Being

(C’est comme etre)

Belgium 2003. Dir Marie France and Patricia Martin.

This hypnotic video has two parts. The first has two women preparing themselves in a mirrored parlour, where they rub cream on their faces and upper bodies. With delicate relish they are absorbed by their self-images, checking their appearance in the mirrors, caressing their mirrored selves. The two women are identical twins. Second scene of the video is set in a chandelier room with sombre red flock wallpaper, the two figures elegantly dance in their masks mimicking each other’s activities, but in doing so, quickly morph into different identities, sometimes non-human.