Chloë Sevigny’s short film “Carmen” for the Miu Miu Women’s Tales, premiered on Sunday in New York, reflecting on current feminity
As you may have noticed by now, the hey woman! staff has a penchant for Miuccia Prada’s renowned “Women’s Tales” series. So when we found out that our favorite style icon turned filmmaker Chloë Sevigny was going to direct the latest short film, we were in high spirits.
Then, on Sunday evening, Miu Miu finally premiered the 13th installment of their ongoing series, and naturally the fashion world’s who’s who flocked together at the Roxy Hotel Cinema in New York City. Among the guests: Tavi Gevinson, Mia Goth, Phoebe Collings James, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Zosia Mamet and many more – all dressed in Miu Miu, of course.
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The 8-minute short film revolves around its eponymous protagonist Carmen, a female stand up artist from Portland, Oregon. Written by Chloë Sevigny and Carmen Lynch, who is in fact, a real-life comedian, the stand-up gig spans from jokes about parenthood, marriage or death to the morning-after pill, and eventually ends on a high note, as Carmen declares: “I hope you liked my jokes, if you didn’t my therapist tells me I’m not responsible for your feelings.”
By transforming everyday places into extended metaphors, the film plays with sensitive topics like voyeurism and exhibitionism. One of the initial scenes depicts Carmen in a lavender mock neck pullover, inspecting herself in a mirror warily, while twirling her hair. We see her drinking alone at a bar and we watch her being gazed at and chatted up by two guys in a bodega. Lastly, we witness Carmen on stage, where she is confident and funny – sometimes involuntarily so, but that makes her all the more likeable. In under ten minutes and with lots of wit, Sevigny manages to capture the various ways in which women are looked at and look at themselves today.