Feminism that all seems rather obvious today, but that is perhaps because of this and similar movements. The occasional shots of a group of men suggest a contrast with the women in an us vs. them mentality which is still very much in existence today but needs to be overcome.
It is impossible to watch this film without our present awareness of issues of intersectionality, or of today's many dubious uses of the female body, also in self-professed 'feminist' projects. Nevertheless, the film is an important glimpse into parts of the second wave mindset and a valuable history lesson for anyone even remotely interested in feminism.
Some of Varda's feminist work in the 1970s can feel dated (such as "One Sings, The Other Doesn't) but this short film has some nice moments. The one that I found most compelling was the idea that feminism has forced us to reconceptualize what it means to be a woman, therefore, we must also reconceptualize love itself and the relationship between men and women. It's a truly radical, revolutionary idea.
This is as simple as it is beautiful. This short feminist manifesto is filled with great moments and visual choices - although I think it comes across a little bland. These women are really connected with the idea - and the men are so fake inside their thing it works.
Placid visuals. The spacing and pace is perfect. The message itself is pedestrian by modern standards but I can see it as having weight back then. The delivery is interesting, with the multiple styles of 'answering' the questions asked, along with the corresponding imagery.
At first, OK, I was like totally happy with the naked woman, but then, like, there were all these women being all judgmental and looking at me like I was thinking the wrong thoughts, OK. I didn't know what anyone was saying specifically, because they had French accents and stuff. Every once in a while I got to see more naked ladies which was OK. Luckily it was over in 8 minutes and I got credit for it, OK.
If I had to guess at the purpose of a 'cine-leaflet', I'd say this one was direct and effective. Difficult, in 2015, to appreciate its content, though, as anything but an anthropological relic; most of what's presented (white, privileged, hetero- and cis- normative...) is pretty problematic. But I guess my ignorance of historical context just shows how many 2nd wave gains I take for granted. So... thanks Varda!
Very representative of second wave feminism. If Varda were doing the same project today it would obviously look much different. The idea of questioning gender identity, for instance, is stronger now. It is also a decidedly white European construct of female concerns, how the female body is being commoditized and the expectations of motherhood. It reflects a moment of political awakening.