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The function of oblivion

The Tale
Regissør: Jennifer Fox
(USA)

The Tale is an autobiographical and ambivalent tale of abuse and subsequent trauma, based on director Jennifer Fox's own experiences as a child. 

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

"Tell about your first sexual experience!" The question is asked to a young student in front of a crowded hall. Famously, the young, cocky girl tries to describe the good feeling – without using the word "orgasm". "If you can't talk about sex, you can't expect to make a good documentary either!"

We are witnessing media professor Jennifer Fox getting swept up in the notion of herself and her happy memory of her own sexual debut. The relentless aggressiveness of the scene provokes discomfort. Actor Laura Dern appears with intensity, depth and credibility as never before – the director has chosen the right actor to carry her autobiographical story.

The character also bears the director's own name, to avoid doubting the authenticity of this complex story. It is well-told, but it is still a thing of concern: Is this because director Jennifer Fox even struggles to remember? In the film, she uses this as an intriguing grip: The protagonist's memories slip – past abuse is hidden behind a veil of protective mechanisms, and the pursuit of truth meetings. . .

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Ellen Lande
Lande is a film writer and director and a regular writer for Ny Tid.

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