Living a Beautiful Life

Corinna Schnitt

2004, 13:00 minutes, Colour, English

TAPECODE 1081.06

Imagine a life you always dreamed of as a child? A perfect life. In a way that seems entirely naïve, Corinna Schnitt takes the common wish and the usual notion of a "happy life" literally, and then presents them mercilessly before our eyes and ears in a quasi-documentary setting. Living a Beautiful Life portrays a woman and a man, both good-looking, who live in a tasteful villa high above Los Angeles, reporting alternately to the camera that they own all the things they want and that this is what others can only dream of. Like Blade Runner replicants, they list all the components of the beautiful life, at least as it is imagined in the Western world. The spectator is barely able to take this exhausting litany of total happiness, and feels themselves further provoked by the contemplative mood of these well-composed scenes. And if in the meantime you think that everything will explode at the end, like in Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point, you’re wrong. (…)
-Kay von Keitz

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