Stabat Mater

by Danino, Nina

Film: 16mm 1990


'A purposeful, 'perverse', re-reading of the eternal feminine of Chapter 16 of Joyce's Ulysses.' Stabat Mater is a short oracion, opened and closed by two songs - it is the voice of my mother singing two saetas - a lament sung during Holy Week to the Mater Dolorosa. The frenetic hand held images define the movement of the body, the slipping cadences of the song enunciate the upper body and throat, the breathlessness of the unpunctuated speech evokes the eroticism of the body - a maternal, homoerotic body. It attempts to locate a lost territory, unrecouperable mother - site of plenitude and loss. - N.D.


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