When fiction suddenly sinks its teeth into reality or a lie manages to get a similar grip on documentary materials, the result can be a painful cinematic bite wound. In the border zones where categorization is made difficult and clarity impossible, the viewer’s heart is not particularly at ease, due to its tendency to seek certainty in a world where the latter is seemingly less and less to be found. However, accepting uncertainty can also open up a space for recognizing deeper-seated truths. For instance, while mini-golfing.
Volksbühne 3. Stock
Scott Calonico // Germany, Scotland // 2018 // 10:50 min
Everyone knows the feeling of seeing lousy explanatory documentaries at school. But this childbirth documentary is not only wonderfully terrible, it also includes an unexpected making-of.