Anima (1981)

Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Austria  |  
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As this experimental film starts out, an effeminate man gets into the topic of male/female dualism assisted by visuals of an apparently single human being slowly splitting up into male and female components. This is an explanation he offers to a soldier-friend, who then sets out on a search for Anima, the eternal woman. He has flashbacks of the women he has known in different capacities and different times of his life -- were any of them the ideal Anima? Visions of a woman who is part sewing-machine evoke the industrial era. Finally, he begins to fall in love with a woman, seen in photos, who reacts against any and all soldiers -- can his love ultimately bring them together? The symbolism in this film may not be for all audiences, although the creative visual effects are a fascinating aspect of the "story" of Anima.



man, search, symbolism, woman