An Odd and Amusing Journey to Self-Acceptance

  • An Odd and Amusing Journey to Self-Acceptance
  • Annabelle Fitzherbert
  • June 29, 2017

Starring Golden Globe-winner Gael Garcia Bernal, Zoom is an interwoven story about a comic book artist, a novelist and a film director, who each author a story about one of the others. Each lives in a separate reality but authors a story about one of the others.

Acceptance of self and circumstance are two things that standout in the film. We watch each character struggle internally to come to terms with themselves without allowing external expectations to effect them.

Alison Pill plays artist Emma whose life’s work is to create dolls that fulfil other peoples’ sexual fetishes. Although in the film her chest is comically large, an important point is made about body image when she instantly regrets her breast enlargement surgery.

Gael García Bernal mean while plays filmmaker, Edward, who is being pressured by the higher ups to abandon his director’s vision and follow the status quo for a blockbuster. Whilst struggling to decide on the right course of action, he too deals with body image. The issue regarding “size matters” is brought to light and challenged in a comical way as he deals with extreme cases of ‘length’.

And finally, Mariana Ximenes plays model, Michelle, who aspires to be a novelist but is constantly told she won’t succeed by her boyfriend.

Don’t miss Zoom, Wednesday 26 July at 8.30pm on World Movies.

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