Carlo Mirabella-Davis – INTERVIEW
With a smothering feature film, inspired by a personal story,
Carlo Mirabella-Davis charms Deauville and wins the Special Prize.
Going back on this feminist movie, with its director.
Interview and text by Lisa Muratore
Images by Theo Bosschaert and Franck Lebraly
Reading time 4 min.
Hunter — played by the bewitching Hailey Bennet —, a stereotype of the perfect housewife, leads a perfect life. But when she gets pregnant, Hunter develops the Pica syndrome, a compulsive eating disorder that pushes her to swallow dangerous objects. Facing her, intrusive and superficial in-laws who, like a patriarchal bulwark, decide to control her every move and ensure the pregnancy comes to term and they have an heir. There are many representations of family, not only with the distant family-in-law, but also wither her own biological family, rejecting her since birth. All this on the backdrop if recurring abortions…
Swallow also deals with subconscious, with everything around us, these traumas that left a mark on us…but that we repress. In this chirurgical and anesthetized artistic direction, Hunter finds herself trapped in a glass cage, dresses up like she is from the 50s and cleans furniture probably coming from the same era. The work on sounds is just as important, to an extente that when Hunter swallows an object, the viewer also swallows! With a script reminiscent of the anxiety-provoking Safe — directed by Todd Haynes and starring Julianne Moore —, Carlo Mirabella-Davis knew how to disturb the audience. Interview…
Swallow deals with the subconscious,
with these traumas that left a mark on us.
- Carlo davis mirabella