Eva / 2005 / Gaspar Noé
3 short films starring Eva Herzigova, commissioned by ‘le Grand Journal’ (Canal+)
Synopsis: This short film evokes so many sensory responses in such a short time. A tremendous sadness emerges from the screen, it resonates off the sterile, spiritless walls of the transient lobby, breathing life into a building whose identity has been stripped; a transient, empty vortex through which souls pass. Voyeuristic shots, bordering on soft-porn, are used to tell the history of this woman – a woman sexually abused. The cat may be an obvious motif for some, but it represents her desire to revert to childhood, or perhaps it tells us something nasty happened to her when she was a child. The fade cuts make the spectator feel nauseous, disorientated, as does the subsonic drone of music in the background. Only Noe can utilize cinematic cutting techniques to make the audience feel intensely smacked out. Through the exploitative camera positions, which highlight dissected limbs and breasts of the woman, Noe momentarily forces the spectator into the position of the violator, the perverted, the man. As the short abruptly ends, we can release all the feelings of repulsion, dread, violation. Like the woman, we are anesthetized, we sink into a stupor of heroin-induced euphoria, and soon forget the carousel of imagery Noe has subjected us to – all with a simple film about a woman and a cat in a lobby.