Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Film: Stepford Wives, 1975, Bryan Forbes
The film is based on a 1972 novel by Ira Levin, and tells the story of a family, Joanna, mother of 2 and her husband Walter, that recently moved from New York City to the small town of Stepford, as they accommodate to live there, strange things start to happen, first Walter joins the Men's association, which doesn't allow women to be present. In the supermarket, something weird also happens when one of the neighbours, has a car crash and doesnt stop to repeat herself. as all this happens something starts to cook in Joanna's Mind with the help of her other neighbour and friend, Bobbie Markowe, they try to reveal all this mystery. her friend gets also caught in this mysterious plot.
Joanna by herself, finds that the men's association is behind all of this and that substitutes the Stepford wives by robots, who are amazing housewives, and only care for their husbands.
When I began to watch it, I thought of a whole different film, where everything would be happy with small references to the uncanny, but once again I was wrong, Uncanny can never be happy, instead is this weird and creepy feeling.
This film proves how a film that starts all joy and happiness becomes a really disturbing one.
the uncanny present when she feels that what surrounds her seems familiar, but actually it is strange, when she sees her friend Bobbie transformed into a emotionless robot, and ultimately when she sees a robot representation of herself. Also, the ambiguity present is immense where every action and scene will lead or mislead to something, and the use of clues that put together in the end for the film, giving the reason for all the mystery.
A film, where the suggestive creates the plot.
It not only deals with the Sexism lived by society in that time and that now is starting to fade, the 'Men's society', but also refers to the consumerism lived all around the world.
I loved the fact that in the end, you remember little clues that seemed not important at first.
It reminds me films like the 'Truman Show' or even 'the Machinist', where the ambiguity lived throughout the film is answered right in the end, and the spectator has to go back to puzzle all the clues together.