Friday, October 16, 2015
'Arianna' (2015) directed by Carlo Lavagna [London Film Festival 2015]
Friday, October 16, 2015 by londoncitynights
"It was in the woods near Halicarnassus that Hermaphroditus fatefully encountered the nymph Salmacis. Resting in her pool, she was overcome with lust for the beautiful boy and tried unsuccessfully to seduce him. Later, Hermaphroditus, finding himself alone, decided to take a bath. Spotting her chance, Salmacis dove in with him, wrapping herself around the struggling boy. In ecstasy she yelled “Gods! May we never part!” Gods were paying attention, fusing male and female bodies into one form.
It’s in this pool that we meet the nineteen year old Arianna (Ondina Quatri). Worried that she hasn’t menstruated or developed breasts, she’s been on hormone therapy, resulting in small breasts growing but with few other signs of puberty. Worryingly, she also hasn’t felt any sexual pleasure – both masturbation and experiments with boys leaving her unfulfilled. Plus, there’s that mysterious scar above her genitals that her parents assure her is from a childhood hernia operation.
You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to work out where this one is going."