Ouch Bianca, Peter, Maggie Gyllenhaal discussed on All Things Considered


On the floor And I'm like yeah I know We do Just gonna close my eyes for a few seconds baby okay I relate to young ladies in that scene And then her child takes a brush to her ear in an innocent but very painful way Ouch Bianca know Ouch Right I mean it's not abusive I mean neither of them are doing anything other than something I think is totally normal And so I have a compassion for both of them I read some one said something like the children are so awful And I was like what They're just children but I will say it's very important to me Even though late it does something like I said that causes a huge amount of pain that she is sane There's a whole tradition of movies about crazy women By great directors with phenomenal actions like off the top of my head I'm thinking of like a woman under the influence you know cassavetes in general and that there's some fascination with watching very interesting powerful woman women go crazy Well this movie is not that This movie is about I think kind of offering and challenging the audience to see if a sane people we can relate to her Given that all of these women are coming up to you and saying yes I've done that Yes I've been there Yes I relate to that Why do you think these stories are so rarely told So one thing is I think the more their space financially artistically for women to express themselves we'll hear about things we haven't heard about before and we'll hear about them I think in ways that we haven't heard about them before But also I think at Peter my husband says something I love He says everyone has a mother You know which is maybe part of what's reverberating about the film And I think when we're a little when we're very little our survival depends on our parents and maybe in particular our mother since they're literally feeding us from their body And ambivalence is very dangerous Because our survival is at stake And so I think when we're small we learn to kind of separate all of this good mama who has bounty and feeds us and cares for us when we're crying from the bad mama Whose frustrated who doesn't come right away who you know whatever it is to separate them into two And I think it's really interesting how we're able to tolerate even as adults a story of a bad mama or a monster sama and then the story of a very good mama But it's difficult for us to join them What do you think we gain by having a story in which the two are joined I think there's something inherently dramatic and inherently compelling about being told the truth And to really go for truthfulness as I see it as a woman I think comfort everybody makes them trust in us if we're asking them to think about something difficult Look we're telling the truth Look we're telling the truth about all of it Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut is the lost daughter the movie is in theaters now and on Netflix.

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