Idol

A man has become so disenchanted with the women around him that he has chosen for a bachelor lifestyle. But he is also a skillful artist. In his solitude, he creates a sculpture of a woman for himself, an idol so perfect that he falls in love with it. Before long, he is treating it like a real-life lover…

This wordless, live-action puppet short film uses the classical Pygmalion story to explore contemporary issues such as objectification and the “male gaze,” media culture and image worship, social withdrawal and hikikomori syndrome.

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Screenplay, creation, performance, film and sound by Kris Fleerackers.

Adapted from the classical tale of Pygmalion by the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid), with music by Jean Philippe Rameau.

Length: 13 min 45 s

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