The trailer for The Moon Inside You begins like a bad Dan Brown-zombie flick: "A curse on half the planet...a secret kept too well....so...much...blood." Thankfully, the world's in for one less crap slasher and in for a humorous new approach to talking about what most of us hate talking about...periods.
From the looks of the rest of the trailer (available on the film's homepage), the movie will be a mix of personal stories (a group of women share histories of problematic periods), humor (two oblivious women walk around with comically-soaked crotches), irony (a professional man, completely straight-faced, states, "It's a phenomenon humans share with other apes...and old world monkeys"), and cultural analysis (clips from the Carrie, anyone?)...to say nothing of the belly-dancing classes and claymation scenes.
The feminist Trigger Happy TV show I've been waiting for!
Beginner filmmaker Diana Fabianova, after years of having painful and irregular periods but unable to speak about them plus a familial history of womb cancer (not too mention the ever-present societal messages on how shameful it is to bleed from your lady parts), was finally inspired to combine her personal experience with the collective experience of women worldwide.
From her director's note, Fabianova aims to ask questions like
How could this natural process be "inappropriate" when a quarter of the female population is experiencing it at any given time? Why did the sign of what all society consider a blessing--women's ability to give birth--happen to be described with names and expressions like "the curse," "Les Anglais" or "to be on the rag." Why can't men talk about menstruation without blushing?
While the clips reveal only so much (especially because some are in Slovak), the poster is problematic, and I've seen my share of feminized cartoon eggs and macho sperm (see "Gallery--Animation clips"), I'm excited for a movie that's purposefully funny while addressing a serious social phenomenon--why women of all ages from all over are so hesitant, shamed, or disgusted to talk about their periods. At the end of her director's note, Fabianova writes, "The Moon Inside You aims to deconstruct the menstruation phenomenon, until its twofold nature clearly appears: an intimate experience and a social construction."
Reviews have been good so far, the Variety having only minimal criticisms ("the red color motif is overused"), and while it's only playing at film festivals now, will definitely something to keep an eye out for! We've come a long way from this 1946 Disney-made, Kotex-sponsored film on "The Menstruation Story." YIKES.