Everyone feels the need for intimacy, love and companionship. It can be a lifelong quest to obtain these ideals, and perhaps even harder to keep them. But what happens if you are not successful in your quest – or at least not in any conventional way? And what if the answer to these longings is so peculiar that understanding it requires an exercise in imagination and empathy most people find hard to bear?
«Watching Silicone Soul might make you feel uncomfortable at times.»
In her latest film Silicon Soul, director Melody Gilbert explores the lives and experiences of people who find love and comfort in human-size silicone dolls. But instead of characterising these people as weird and deviant (as perhaps many would), the film casts a non-judgmental eye on the lives of people who find it hard to be accepted by others. The result is a glimpse into a hidden world that is vulnerable and all about loneliness as well as the very primal human need to bond with others and to feel loved.
An exercise in human empathy
Silicone Soul is a mix of interviews, scenes from daily life and animated sequences that pose one single question: what meaning can a doll bring into someone’s life?
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