REBEL FOCUS: PLASTIC LOVE BY ADRIAN BELLIDO
Plastic Love is a supernatural romantic drama about Victor, a solitary sex doll-maker who lives isolated in his remote house endlessly creating flawless sex dolls. Over the years, Victor developed a relationship with Eve, his most prized creation, a stunning sex doll. When she magically comes to life, Victor discovers that his controlling personality and objectification of women is the cause of his loneliness, and this he needs to change if he wants to attain meaningful love.
Plastic Love has a deliciously perfect premise, a lonely sex doll maker’s life is turned upside down when one of his dolls comes magically to life. There’s no doubt about it as a pitch you can’t help but do a double take. But who’s it for and a bigger question, why?
It’s a tale steeped in literary tradition; this is the story of Pinocchio, a puppet who wants to be a real boy; this is the story of Frankenstein, a creation abandoned by his creator, this is the story of Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw’s version) a woman who learns to be lady. All frankensteined together with a powerful sexual overlay and underlay to explore themes of objectification and man’s fear of women.
In terms of it’s cinematic influences it draws from a rich tapestry of supernatural comedies and oddball dramas, 80s Mannequin in it’s high concept, Lars and the Real Girl, and most directly from Hirokazu Koreda’s Air Doll from in its psychosexual exploration of urban loneliness and female objectification.
Since Adrian devised the premise as a feature a year ago I’ve followed closely and enjoyed watching the story grow and mature. When I first read this version, especially adapted for the Showcase, I was shocked by how Victor, the lonely doll maker protagonist has evolved yet again. Originally devised as a Ryan Gosling-esque figure ala Lars and the Real Girl, he’s now a drier, wittier maniac with a genius skill. The humour derives out of his knowingly solitary chosen life contrasting magnificently with the abrupt change when other humans enter his world. Robert’s oddness, then Eva and Sylvia’s brazen innocence and free-thinking create a crucible for an extraordinary exploration for the interior landscape of an introverted man who can only see women as objects.
We live in a world now where there’s a dichotomy between both Feminism and the digital age of Exhibitionism that graces our Facebook pages and newspapers. On the one hand there’s solidarity against public sexual predators like Julien Blanc, who attempt to profit off the low self esteem of men with his cocktail of pick up artist / violent misogynist schtick; yet an odd fascination to encourage Celebs like Kim Kardashian to bare all so we can ogle her buttocks, and other lady parts which is objectification in all but name. It’s a paradox that cannot be easily explained or categorised away. We’re an insane species that has yet to get over itself where gender is concerned.
Adrian plays Victor in a way where we will understand him not only from a male gaze, but from a human perspective in so far he experiences fear and loneliness, two of the most universal feelings that affect us as human beings.
Plastic Love is about Fetish, it’s about the fear that’s innate in the male psyche (if you prescribe to Freud) about the presence of absence. He doesn’t have the coping mechanisms necessary to deal with a free thinking woman, and attempted compartmentalise his life in a way that allows his sexual desire to be satisfied by a compliant recipient. The resulting comedy and drama illuminates the insidious nature of loneliness and isolation in the urban landscape.
Seeing Screen Rebels’ actors bringing this delightfully oddball story to life will be just amazing. We really hope you enjoy watching it as much as we’ve enjoyed developing it.