Burning Obsession

1995, 09:00 minutes, English


North America's obsession with thinness, dieting and weight loss has deeply affected a generation of women who spend countless hours punishing themselves physically and emotionally for failing to reach the impossibly thin standard that the media confronts them with daily. This videotape by Jane Kubke takes the audience into the ascetic daily ritual of calorie burning which constitutes the anorexic's day and offer a glimpse of some of the fantasies and fears which inspire the obsessive calorie burning.
Melanie Owen appears as a symbolic representation of a woman with an eating disorder. She exercises excessively and sometimes frantically. Her reality, as seen in stark black and white exercise sequences, is juxtaposed with rich, colour-saturated fantasy sequences which alternately portray her desires and her nightmares. Burning Obsession offers a few minutes of insight into the pschological landscape of the eating disordered mind.

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