Claudius Gentinetta and Frank Braun’s “Sleep” is a short film that is simple in both its look and its feel. With a run-time of only four minutes and the same animations and sounds looping throughout, for the most part, it’s hard to see the message Gentinetta and Braun attempt to get across.
A sound of snoring roars in the background, while a ship sinks; that’s essentially the entire short. At first, it’s hard to see what is going on, as puffs of smoke trickle into the sky and the identical faces of the ship’s passengers wait for their impending doom, but slowly but surely, we get the idea.
As the film progresses, the ship sinks lower into the ocean. After a while, the vessel disappears, with only the sound of moving water left. By the end of it all, there’s no evidence or proof that the people, or the ship ever existed. Is this Gentinetta and Braun’s way of discussing lost history or voices being silenced by a power they can’t control? With the bland sound and mediocre animation, it’s hard to understand what this duo is trying to accomplish here. There is a novel beauty in its simplistic approach, but by the end of the film, most will end up scratching their heads.