(by Simonetta Buffo)
Many students of mine wrote to me asking an opinion about the last Women’s Tales by Miu Miu, Somebody. Have any of you seen it? It’s really curious.
You know, Miu Miu’s Women tales is a wonderful communication project by Miucca Prada’s Miu Miu which showcases short films by female directors This project started in 2012 and premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
In the past, we saw seven fashion movies: each film was very different from the others but they also had in common the Miu Miu woman, who is strong, feminine and unconventional.
In Somebody we are seeing different steps of human relationships in which the protagonist is the woman: a break-up, a make-up, a marriage proposal, a sexual relationship. Different types of emotion and different sides of human nature through the woman’s eyes.
What is strange is the new dynamics among people, becouse it seems to be mediated by a new social network: Somebody, thanks to which each one of us can choose a stranger as a messenger to relay a feeling to a loved one.
The SOMEBODY app then totally saves Yolanda and Blanca’s friendship, makes Jeffy’s marriage proposal to lonely Victoria, and initiates a curious ménage-a-trois between two prison workers and a parched potted plant named Anthony.This latest addition to Womens’ Tales showcases Miranda July’s unique ability to capture the strange tenderness of contemporary relationships.
And Somebody is actually an application too. Is it serious? Isn’t it a paradox? A joke?
Of course, Somebody takes our endless hunger for communication, technology, avatars and outsourcing.
But at what price?
Each emotion, each sensation and each felling can pass through the net: we can use it or we can be used by it. By now we can prefer to open our heart linking to an unknown person: he/she can share with us a strong emotion, it’s not important if it’s wonderful or terrible:
But are we losing something?
In my opinion, we are losing a part of humanity: the wonderful and terrible possibility of looking into the eyes of another human being and feeling the same emotion.
Once again this Miu Miu fashion film is great: it represents an up-to-date sign of this era, a dystopian interpretation of living the life (of another person or yours) via social networks. It gives us the opportunity to laugh at or to cry with the new human fragility. Anyway I think that nobody can remain indifferent after seeing it. Am I wrong?
Overall, once again but in a different way, fashion of today gives us the possibility to investigate the deep meaning of living our lives fully in these years of human fragility.
So, make your own choice!