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Crotch Stories

Histoires d'entrejambres
Myleine Guiard-Schmid
Belgium, France
2021
36 min
Dutch Premiere
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In a number of countries you can now have a fully automated birth on a cloud of epidural bliss. To the rest of the world, having a baby is simply a matter of suffering pain. In this visual essay, Myleine Guiard-Schmid wonders why. Aside from the fact that it brings the joy of a new life, why can’t childbirth be pleasurable?

Guiard-Schmid talks to women who professionally assist women giving birth or who have given birth themselves. They tell her about the disappointing and anything-but-painless Lamaze method, about masturbation as pain relief, and how an orgasm can help the delivery. Meanwhile, the filmmaker muses about her far-from-weaker sex, and about the woman who threatened her gynecologist with castration when he wanted to cut her perineum.

All of this is captured with a lavish palette of animation. Playful stop-motion sequences (and a witty Buster Keaton reference) effortlessly transition into drawn and painted animations that exuberantly navigate between abstraction and realism.

Credits
Director
Production
    Lucie Fichot,
    Absinte Abramovici
Co-production
    Ellen Meiresonne for Atelier Graphoui
    Ellen Meiresonne for Atelier Graphoui
Cinematography
    Simon Filliot
    Simon Filliot
Editing
    Sébastien Demeffe
    Sébastien Demeffe
Music
    Sika Gblondoumé
    Sika Gblondoumé
World Sales
    Manifest
    Manifest
Screening copy
    Manifest
    Manifest

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