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God Wears My Underwear (2005)

As Lavinia stands waiting for a train, she ponders her childhood, her fascination with drag queens, and her past life as a Tibetan monk who visited Berlin in 1933.

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Credited cast:
Joel Bischoff ...
Reporter
Frances Bockenfeld ...
Bar Patron, Skipper
Archie Bryan ...
Werner Schindheim
Lauren Bryan ...
Ursula Brandthauer
Susan Burke ...
Die Nachtigal
Laurent de la Cruz ...
Rowdy Bar Patron, Juanita
Todd Eckert ...
Nazi Youth
Pat Everett ...
Otto von Klemmer
Irene Hsaio ...
Sue Yin
Pat James ...
Mrs. Hamilton
Robin McCain ...
Nazi Thug, Bar Patron 4
Lovechild Moore ...
Circus Dog
Joel Naumann ...
Boy in Mirror
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Brother Eo (voice)
Angelica Passantino ...
Lara
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This film ties the Jewish Holocaust in the 1940's to the genocide in Tibet in the 1950's. It raises issues of sexual identity, reincarnation, human and moral responsibility, universal experiences of the 20th century. Our lead character, Lavinia has been haunted all of her life by dreams about people and places she has never experienced. As she stands waiting for a train, she sees her childhood and ponders her confusion about her own sexuality. Lavinia reviews her years in psychoanalysis. Under hypnosis, she recalls a past life as a Tibetan Buddhist monk, visiting Berlin in the 1930's. The monk, Brother Eo, did nothing to help friends and colleagues as the brutality of the Nazis began to unfold. Realizing his mistake, he returned to Tibet only to be among those massacred a few years later by the invading Chinese Communists. But death did not cleanse guilt. Instead he reincarnates as Lavinia and it continues into another lifetime. Written by Leslie Streit

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24 January 2010 (USA)  »

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$190,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Joel Naumann, who plays the Boy in the Mirror in Lavinia's bathroom, is actually Lavinia"s (Jacqueline Wiley) twin brother. See more »

Crazy Credits

ChiChi Schoen - Casting - In reality, she is a tan Chihuahua with short legs. Muscles like a bodybuilder, very brave, kind of butch... See more »

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Edited from Lavinia's Dream (1999) See more »

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Effective Surrealism
26 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This short surrealistic work uses manipulated images and dance to evoke the "banal tragedy" of war---and how its effects cross cultural and national boundaries. I found that evocation very effective. There are certainly plenty of movies about Nazi Germany, and a fair number about Tibeten Buddhism, but God Wears My Underwear provides a new historical and emotional perspective that I found valuable and powerful.

Surrealism is an underutilized form these days, which is a shame, given the technological capacity we have now. The manipulated images in this film, mixed effectively with historical footage, are an example of of the possibilities, within a short narrative work.

I hope to see more work by Streit and McCain.


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