2019, Royaume-Uni, Finlande, États-Unis, 43′
Correct Distance gets uncomfortably close to poor boundaries, ambiguous intimacies and intergenerational antagonism. Sexual tensions escalate and anxieties about ageing are pitted against unmet expectations in three intertwined settings. Roles of teacher, student, friend, lover and parent get confused and questioned. The film configures then re-configures the power relations between its protagonists as they reach some darkly humorous insights and strive to assert their narratives; against each other or perhaps against the demands placed on them by our current moment of economic and emotional precarity.
Correct Distance arose out of a series of improvisations based on an abandoned script for a feature-length film. It was shot over three years as further dialogue was written in response to these improvisations, and in a sense the shifting hierarchies between the film’s characters arise structurally, out of this layered method of generating material and made concrete by it.