Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A woman, lacking something in her life, decides she needs to shop and ends up buying a purse made out of baby skin. Never happened to you?
Is it good movie?
Foet, a 15 minute short, is more or less a modern version of Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal as it deals with taking used dead baby skin and making the world’s finest garments. However, while Swift presented his argument as a satirical solution to the starvation of the Irish people to highlight the problem, Foet uses the horrific idea of using skin for fashion as an anti-abortion message. Politics aside, I prefer a movie with a message that slips its way into the story, not with a massive stamp across the entire production.
And on a second watch, Foet can’t hide the message at all. It all starts when a woman awakes with a lacking feeling and heads out into New York to find the something she needs. She bumps into her attractive friend who’s sporting the latest line of fashion, Foet, made from aborted fetuses. Well, the woman, despite her initial moral and ethical outrage, can’t resist a good looking purse and seeks it out. Can the appeal of a hot purse really turn someone against a moral dilemma? Can sexiness and the need for fashion outweigh dead flesh? Is this movie a double whammy against abortion and animal fur? Well, I’ll let you decide that. Regardless, if politics must be the central theme of a film, a way must be found to include them without ever really saying what it is. Otherwise, it seems more like propaganda than cinema.
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Now a satire about abortion isn’t an easy thing to pull off, and frankly I thought Foet failed. It could have went the subtle route, hinting at anti-abortion themes, but director Ian Fischer even throws in an abortion rally and a nightmare complete with doctors hovering around her crotch to make sure the audience understands that abortion = bad.