A Woman, Her Men and Her Futon Beautiful Helen wants to write film scripts, but the men she meets are more interested in her beauty than in her ambitions. Helen takes the step of leaving her dominant husband. Instead she meets Donald, a script writer who offers Helen a job as an assistant. Financial problems force her to move in with Donald. She soon meets Donald's producer who takes an interest in Helen's own manuscripts. This provides Helen with the self-confidence to start a career of her own, without the help of men. Comment:This film should be obligatory pepping for all young women! Women's shaky way to independence both sexual and professional - is all too seldom portrayed as sensitively and penetrating as in this film. Every woman who has come across the kind of man that is both kind and nice but way too interested, can blushingly or shiveringly sympathize with the main character, Helen. Her behaviour when meeting these men who want so much more than she is able to, or wants to give, is somewhat feeble, ambivalent and evasive. It is a typical example of the classic female dilemma; being a well-mannered, good girl and at the same time trying to assert one's rights and integrity. Ex-model Jennifer Rubin plays the part of the timidly smiling Helen with great credibility, in this quiet portrayal of a dramatic internal development. Helen supports her- self by working with a video company while writing film scripts in her spare time. She has left her dominant husband who didn't encourage her in her writing. She is presently leaving yet another domineering and overshadowing man. This time she makes herself inaccessible - not answering the phone and not opening the door - so as to avoid confrontation and conflict. Instead, she flees to the treachorously secure company of her friend Donald. A man who invites her to dinners, gives her money and en· courages her writing, without demanding anything in return. So he claims. It becomes more and more obvious that he yearns for a lot more. Feeling somewhat guilty, Helen nevertheless leads him on by being one big umaybe''. She also doesn't tell him about her doings with other men, with whom she has short, intense affairs that make her (re-) discover the joy of sex. So she definitely prepares the ground for the conflicts that arise when a woman tries to please everyone by not saying no. The film subtly and elegantly shows how hard it is to balance on the thin line between friendship and love. And it feels so relievingly good to realize that a straight answer, like a ''no'', can actually make you both accepted and respected. Susanne Ljung

Title
A Woman, Her Men and Her Futon
Director
Mussef Sibay
Country
USA
Length
90 min
Festival
1992
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Production year
1992
Cast
Jennifer Rubin, Lance Edwards
Producer
Dale Rosenbloom, Mussef Sibay
Script
Mussef Sibay
Music
Joel Goldsmith

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