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A Woman in Transit is Pool’s debut feature. She previously attracted international attention with Strasse Café an experimental, medium-length black-and-white documentary. In this piece, reality and fiction, reason and madness, and the alienation and connectedness of womanhood reflect each other like a mirror in the surrealistic space of the city.
Set in a downtown Montreal hotel, it features three female characters: Estelle, Andrea, and an actress. The actress has the lead role in Andrea’s film. Estelle, who spends her time sitting in the hotel bar doing nothing, or else aimlessly wandering the streets, simply seems distraught. Andrea’s film is about a female singer who is losing her mind. Andrea’s imagination gave birth to the story, but it bears striking similarities to Estelle’s life. The barrier between one’s reality and another’s fiction dissolves as an insecure friendship buds among them.
The main theme of this film is wandering. It can mean the loss of time for one who lives on a schedule. But at the same time it can be a glorious route leading to a new dimension in which one can see differently her own programmed life. Andrea wanders so that she can view the world she belongs in through stranger’s eyes. Estelle does it to empty herself of her life’s memories. Wandering can be a short vacant dream or it can force meaningful choice that will change one’s lifetime direction. A hotel, for a brief stop, is the perfect metaphor for the transitory nature of thoughts. A brilliant meditation about memory, exile to the inner side, and the female world. (Nam In-young)
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