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A puppet life 

Silicone Soul
Regissør: Melody Gilbert
(USA)

Could you consider establishing a long-term love relationship with a silicone doll? Melody Gilbert's thought-provoking documentary explores the relationship between humans and puppets, and as a spectator you are slowly drawn into an exercise in human empathy and compassion.

Everyone longs for intimacy, love and togetherness. Trying to realize these ideals can be a lifelong quest, and if you succeed, it can be equally difficult to make it last. But what happens if you not should succeed – at least not in the traditional way? What if your longings are aimed at something so strange that the surroundings have difficulty accepting them? 

In his latest film Silicone Soul Melody Gilbert explores the lives and experiences of people who find love, comfort and companionship in human-like silicone dolls. And instead of calling these people crazy and screwed up, the director manages to portray them without appearing judgmental. The result is a glimpse into a world where loneliness is at the center, and the basic human need for connection and love.  

empathy

Silicone Soul is a mix of interviews, everyday scenes and animated sequences where the underlying question is constantly: How can a doll make sense of a person's life? 

This is something the main characters' closest ones barely have time (or courage). . .

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Bianca-Olivia Nita
Nita is a freelance journalist and critic for Ny Tid.

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