The Gift

Chandra Siddan Gargi

2002, 09:00 minutes, colour, German, EN subtitles,


Annette loves her boyfriend but she has begun meeting an unpredictable, dangerous and possibly mad man who subjects her to degrading sexual abuse. Her last meeting with him left her bruised and bleeding. Why is she doing this? She does not know. She invites her sister over to help her reject this new person. But as she speaks what emerges is her fascination with degradation. She pushed through her fear and meets him again...

This however is not seen as an illness but as a cure for an acquisitive and paranoid bourgeois society. Annette lives in an economy of the gift, of expenditure and ecstasy. What is being questioned is sterile notions of health and stinginess in the sexual economy, which is also a metaphor for capitalism. The Gift is an invitation to live generously.

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