A Woman's Case
- 1h 22min
A story of the influence of modern life on a woman, who meets a man in a sculptor's studio, has an affair, and is found dead.A story of the influence of modern life on a woman, who meets a man in a sculptor's studio, has an affair, and is found dead.A story of the influence of modern life on a woman, who meets a man in a sculptor's studio, has an affair, and is found dead.
The male gaze weaponized, reducing women to corporeal commodities, objectification as venture capital or "art," depending on the clientele. The proliferation of sex as a mainstay in pop culture's lexicon shown explicitly. God is a woman and society never hesitates to exploit her. Flesh and landscape made to be one and the same. Matched by an erratic editing style that helps create temporal distortion, collapsing time, making all actions and gestures seem reactionary. Which also reflected the restlessness of society during this period, with its ceaseless march forward. There's no moment to rest in the tides of perpetual change. The luxuries of "taking it slow," along with traditional values, died, another casualty of a post-war world. A generation of rebellious youth whose maturation period in the 60s resulted in an era of openly resentful attitudes towards the nuclear family and all that it came to represent, while conversely, engaging in open acts of free love and experimentation, creating a new normal. It's this very attitude that the film reflects best.
A Woman's Case is yet another radical film made during an era when bucking against old-hat methods of storytelling seemed instinctual. A time when expanding cinema's language and creating new forms of expression in the process was almost a sink-or-swim mentality. In hindsight, this very refusal to compromise has granted this film, and many like it, an extended shelf-life. A film that's every bit as relevant and riveting in today's society as it was in the 60s counterculture that initially provided it a platform.
While it may not have the same kind of reverence as other content from its time, it's every bit as deserving of your attention, and I highly suggest seeking it out if you have an affinity for films with a punk attitude.
- Jun 14, 2021