This Smell of Sex

Danielle Arbid. 2008. Lebanon, France. vo Arabic. s French. 21’

This recent work by Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid is based on the secret, ardent and obsessive sexual experiences that are freely recounted in minute detail by her friends. Archival super-8 footage of prim young girls alternates with darkened shots of men and women discussing their formative experiences and their fantasies. Their words and the visual representations create a highly poetic erotic tension.