Programmed by Éva Tourrent
Contenant des scènes de nudité, ce film est déconseillé aux moins de 18 ans.
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.
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!
Tënk artistic director