Macabre Eating Disorder Video Starring Elle Fanning Nails It

elle fanning likeness

There’s a new video making its way around the internet, but instead of puppies skateboarding or the White House staff twerking, it’s much darker fare.

This short film making its way around the internet stars the talented Elle Fanning. LIKENESS premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival over the Summer, but is now available for public viewing on YouTube. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto made his directorial debut with “LIKENESS.” The film, a meditation on eating disorders, is a collaborative brainchild of Prieto and his daughter, Ximeno Prieto, who has suffered with anorexia.

The video does not make eating disorders look glamorous. LIKENESS is raw and real. According to Forbes:

“Many of the nightmarish images in the film were inspired by real shots that Ximena Prieto found in fashion magazines, allowing the Prietos to say something very profound about both our obsession with idealized body images and the way we use the human body to sell products.”

I typically have a problem with film and video depictions of eating disorders. They tend to be heavy handed and focus on tired old cliches from an outsider’s perspective. This is unlike anything I’ve seen before. The Prietas’ insight into the mind of someone struggling with disordered eating combined with artistic vision makes LIKENESS a must-watch.

I would take caution before viewing. The content is highly disturbing, visceral and spine-chilling; some images are so highly unsettling that I had to take a break during the 8 minute run.

Check it out for yourself:

via Forbes//Image Screenshot via Blisstree

Share This Post:
    • HB

      Very impressive. And disturbing.

    • Muggle

      >>White House staff twerking

      Well, that gave me a hilarious mental image that I’m going to need after seeing this video. D:

      But it’s nice to see a video about eating disorders and body image that doesn’t use the same tired cliches. As you said, they’re all from an outsider’s perspective. This is from someone who’s been there– and as anyone with a mental illness will tell you, life with one is scary.

      • Karen Milton

        I have both bipolar disorder and an eating disorder and I didn’t at all connect with this film. It’s just not my experience, I guess.

      • Muggle

        I don’t have an eating disorder so I didn’t connect with the film that way– it was through my own body dysmorphia, anxiety and depression that I did.

    • Kelly

      I have body dysmorphia and this is dead on. I have friends who are substantially overweight and I still see them as the beautiful people they are, yet a little loose skin on my stomach makes me feel like the most repulsive monster on earth.