Lucy (I): no plan, no target, passive, no desire, no emotion, stupid, a prostitute. Lucy (II): a student, intelligent, works hard, cares, beautiful woman with bright future. We've got two Lucys, who can't be more diverse. Mrs. Leigh keeps us in the dark; what's going on with Lucy (or Birdman)? This is not about sex (for sale or fantasy-desire) or feminism. It's just about a desperate girl who lost her way.
Disturbing, sensuous, incredibly thought-provoking. Leigh explores the detached and apathetic way that sex is viewed by dominant society and western culture, and the way that those sexualised react. Emily Browning's flawless portrayal of Lucy stunningly explores the concept of the "forbidden room" and Eve's temptation.
I was reminded to watch this after reading Yasunari Kamabata's "House of the Sleeping Beauties" which is about an old man that visits a brothel to lie with prostitutes already asleep. While Kamabata explored the haunting loneliness of men bumbling through life as they (try to) make sense of pleasure, novelist/director Julia Leigh's worldview is more nihilistic. Her heroine Lucy merely uses and is happy to be used.
How interesting it was to see a girl's life scheduled into jobs, college, strange relationships and as an object of old men's perversity. An emotionless approach as if herself wasn't there anymore, she was just this tic tac device operating over time in pursuit for money. A storyline full of witty details and a beautiful good taste photography.