Real Lies (1981)

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Experimental feminist fiction about the difficulty of self-determination as a woman. Elaine is a librarian, frustrated and bored with her life, but anxious about making a change by taking a course in journalism; while riding her motorcycle through a tunnel, she becomes involved in a 'metaphorical adventure': she finds herself in a theatre; another woman warns her to pretend that she knows her role; she finds herself on stage, performing. She plays along with this domestic role, looking for instruction in memories of her own mother; but in the end she challenges the role, running out of the theatre; she is caught and put on trial as an intruder and a subversive. The trial provides a platform for Elaine's and the other defendant's feminist critique of the identities available to women. The two women are found guilty and imprisoned, but escape; returning to her life, Elaine tells her friends that she will take the journalism course. The film ends with a discussion between the cast and crew about the difficulties of being a feminist and working as a film-maker.

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