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93'

Japan, 1974

Original music : Tokiko Kato Production : Shisso Production

Programmed by Éva Tourrent

Contenant des scènes de nudité, ce film est déconseillé aux moins de 18 ans.

Japanese

French, English


The Highways and Byways of Loving



Synopsis


In “Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974”, photographer and film director Kazuo Hara sketches a provocative and quirky portrait of his ex-partner Miyuki Takeda. He follows her in her new relationships to Okinawa (first with a woman and then with a black American GI), as she gives birth to a mixed-race child and, more broadly, in her life as an avowed feminist in 1970s Japan. Hara’s out-of-sync sound and hand-held photography create an intimate film in keeping with the radical nature of his character.

Tënk's opinion


In offering us this incredible portrait, Kazuo spares no-one, not even himself. His 16mm camera finds itself caught up in the feelings of the woman he still loves and her radical experimenting. From the sequence of a quarrel between Miyuki and her new girlfriend to her giving birth alone and without assistance, we are witness, without any naïve idealism, to the private life of a woman trying to be free. The way in which he films bodies and offers us rarely glimpsed scenes leaves a lasting impression. From Okinawa to Tokyo, from clubs frequented by Afro-American soldiers to a self-managed women’s commune, Miyuki asks us what’s normal or abnormal. Can you become a mother without needing men? With the still-topical questions it raises about the norms of love, couples and family, it’s amazing to think that this film is almost 50 years old!

Éva Tourrent
Tënk artistic director

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