Paulette Phillips

1992, 20:00 minutes, colour, English


A very funny, biting quasi-confessional.
A woman sits alone in her hotel room...
A babbling talking cure; an explanation; a walking tongue; a description of the juncture between I and you; the difference between what I feel and what I know; the body, the mind and what stands between - Lockjaw. "I try to appear calm, no need to worry, no one is paying the slightest attention to me. All eyes are glued to the various naked bodies that are on wide open display. I look at the women and I look at their bodies and they are so beautiful in this soft smokey light..."

Inspiré des vidéos et mises en scène précédentes de Phillips, Lockjaw est un monologue dense et plein d'esprit de la cinéaste, consacré à des thèmes aussi diversifiés que le féminisme et le rôle de l'art dans la société contemporaine. La métaphore centrale, celle où la protagoniste se retrouve incapable de dire un mot, est un contraste ironique au texte ininterrompu de l'interprétation. Irrévérencieux, interprété avec beaucoup d'humour, le film exprime à la perfection l'intelligence et la perspicacité caractéristiques de Phillips.

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