About bloody time: the movie is finally going with the flow of the period of sex? | Film


When it comes to taboo subjects on the screen, the period, the sex serves a double whammy. The sex and the rules – who wants to see, right? Certainly not Hollywood. In the history of cinema, the extremely rare cases of sexual flow are represented with more emphasis on the horror of the woman “surfing the crimson wave”, as Cher from Clueless puts it, rather than reduce the stigma.Who can forget the moment in the original 1976 Carrie and the 2013 remake, where the holder of the heroine is terrified when she discovers blood coming out of her vagina in the school showers? A similar scene of terror occurs when Brooke Shields young castaway Emmeline gets her period for the first time in The Blue Lagoon (1980), while Ginger Snaps (2000) encapsulates a teenager’s transformation into womanhood to become a werewolf. It is even implied that the Ginger is attacked because the wolf, to quote Brick Tamland from Anchorman, “smell the menstruation!”

In recent years, however, movies like the 20th Century, Women and American Honey, both released in 2016, have tried to fight against the culture of the period of the identity. The last film, written and directed by Andrea Arnold, sees Sasha Lane’s character to remove his tampon before having sex; a quiet gesture that speaks volumes about the reality of the feminine sexual experience as well as the positioning reports from the female perspective.

“We need to grow on the normal and very regular part of our lives – including in the bedroom,” says Emma Barnett, broadcaster and author of the Period. It is About Bloody Time in which a chapter is devoted to the subject of the period of sex. “Anything that represents the period of sex as part of life and demystifies the myths and does not use the stage as another chance to show women who have menstruation as dirty or weird, but just a woman having what is a very monotonous regular biological occurrence – can only be a progress and a good thing.”

New indie comedy Saint Frances is the definition of perfection. In an early scene, our head of Bridget (played by the film’s writer Kelly O’sullivan) wakes up after a night of passion to find blood on his and his men, the sexual partner’s face. Bridget initially feels awkward, but soon the pair laugh as they change her bloody sheets. It becomes a gentle statement of intent for the rest of the story, which will deal further with the menstruation as well as maternity and abortion.

Debunking myths … Kelly O’sullivan as Bridget and Ramona Edith Williams as Frances to Saint-Frances. Photo: Oscilloscope/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

“It was important for me to say from the beginning:” This is the movie that you are going well and we’re not going to hesitate to from the body of the woman,'” O’sullivan said. “If people are going to have sex with the other, it is every fourth week and I wanted to represent it in a way that was an exploration of intimacy.”

The writer-actor laments the lack of movies dealing with this subject, although reminiscent of an episode of Sex and the City in which the character of Samantha, fearing that she was going to the menopause, is relieved of his / her period to come during sex, while her male partner is “horrified” by the discovery. “If someone is an asshole on you having a period during sex, they are going to be an asshole in general,” she said. “But there is a discussion that emerges into the air of the time period of sex and how different people react to it: the shame that some people feel about this, but also the acceptance of other people.”

“A lot of women say this being one of the times they are more interested in having sex outside of ovulation, and the orgasms have been shown to help relieve menstrual pain,” said Frances Rayner, founder of the Clitoris Test – a campaign to change the way in which gender is represented on the screen. “I think that we will quickly start to see that change as women slowly gain power in all aspects of content production.”

The tv did a better job at treating the subject and that might be due to the increase in the number of women ” show runners “]foreign. Lena Dunham Girls, Marja-Lewis Ryans of the L Word: Generation Q and, more recently, Michaela Coel I Can Destroy You, offer open performances of the period of the sex, who have won praise from viewers.

“The rules are something normal – it’s weird to see how it has been stigmatized to be something strange when it happens,” says I Can Destroy You star Weruche Opia. “It is shocking to see the things that you have to talk with your friends, but do not see on television, in the script.

“It is a brilliant spectacle of Michaela’s work to be able to be very frank and bold about it.”

“The great thing about being an independent film, it is not filmed by the committee,” O’sullivan said. “You don’t have to get the OK of 100 people in a way that you do if you are a movie studio or network.

“We had some nice investors who asked if there was so much blood and we were like, yes, because, on the thematic level, the heart of this film is about acceptance and it is something that women have been told for the longest time is dirty and shameful,” she adds. “Most of our discharge was men, but we were without the complex.”

O’sullivan hopes his film will inspire both men and women to become active participants in the standardization process of the period of sex both on screen and in real life too.

“It is really important that if there is going to be a progressive movement, it can not be one-sided,” she said. “It is too much work for the women. We need the other half of the population to hurry and come with her.”

St. Francis was released on 10 July.


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