LA PETITE MORT
A FILM BY MAVI PHILLIPS
2012, HD video (color, sound), 16:43 min.
'La Petite Mort' gives a short glimpse into the imaginative mind of twenty something Chantal, whose way of seeing the world makes us re-think our everyday. Asking the question what if humans seized to act in a reversed civilized manner, liberating their animalistic desires.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty something Chantal lives by herself in a small unkept Parisian apartment. Feeling both sexually frustrated and unsatisfied with her life, she begins to create her own reality. Allowing her mind to drift, she alters her surroundings into a fantasy where humans have allowed their animal nature to rein.
Chantal embodies the complexities found in the isolation of urbanization and female sexuality in today’s youth. Seeing the world through her eyes, deeper theoretical questions are asked. Such as what if humans ceased to act in a reversed civilized manner, uninhibiting their animalistic desires, removing all restrictions consummated by societies age-old taboos of sex, pleasure, death, menstruation, and food. The film investigates the ideas by toying with George Bataille’s theories surrounding the interconnected relationship between death, sexual pleasure, and sacrifice.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: In its technical execution, "La Petite Mort" follows in the tradition of absurdist cinema, blending and obscuring the difference between reality and fiction. Weaving in and out of the sensical and playing with the potential of montage, "La Petite Mort" arouses the viewer's emotional consciousness and questions how far a referential mythology is personal or cultural. Forcing the viewer inside the psychology of Chantal, the question arises whether her visions are realities or fabulations, or whether, in a society obsessed with and structured by words and images, these are ultimately the same thing.