United States, 70 min
In the United States, in the 1960s, in exchanges filled with sensuality, two lovers correspond secretly with audiotapes. Desire and secrets whispered in the dark. This captivating film uses a batch of tapes found on eBay to build a powerfully evocative visual and acoustic world. We are plunged into an anonymous couple’s intimacy, where reality seems like a troubling yet passionate melodrama.
In puritanical 1960s America, when the sexual revolution still seems far away, a married man and his mistress correspond secretly through audio tapes. An exchange filled with sensuality, where desire and secrets are whispered in the dark. This captivating film uses a batch of tapes bought on eBay to build a powerfully evocative visual and acoustic world. We are plunged into an anonymous couple’s secrets, where reality resembles a troubling yet passionate melodrama.
“Suitcase of Love and Shame mirrors the compulsion to confess one's indiscretions in today’s online world and the impact that the new technology of portable recording devices has on our lives. The film aims at a cross-generational consciousness about exhibitionism, privacy and voyeurism. Focusing on the aural and experiential nature of the audio, the imagery in the film is restrained – abstract, evocative and expectant, so that the audience will see with their ears. The listener/viewer is variously located within and outside of the events – complicit and voyeuristic.” (JG)