The Self Portrait is a film about choice - choosing life. This is a choice no one can make for you, you will have to make it yourself. The Norwegian artist Lene Marie Fossen (32) is an up ...
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The Self Portrait is a film about choice - choosing life. This is a choice no one can make for you, you will have to make it yourself. The Norwegian artist Lene Marie Fossen (32) is an up and coming, unique talent in the world of photography, facing an international breakthrough. Critics claim she is among the best still photographers in our present time. At the same time she appears to be dying from anorexia. Lene Marie stopped eating when she was ten years old. She didn't want to grow up. Over time the disease has gained control over her body and poisoned her thoughts. The main conflict of the film is the one within Lene Maries's mind, always waging war on itself. Galleries in several countries want to exhibit her art. Lene Maries biggest goal is to have a solo exhibition. Will she be able to travel the world? Can she rid herself of shame by exposing it? The use of Lene Marie's self portraits in this film will offer a unique perspective on the complexity of this illness. The anxiety...
It's hard to describe just how powerful this film is, it sneaks up on you and punches you in the heart.
Lene Marie Fossen was a talented Norwegian photographer who died after fighting anorexia since she was a kid. You can clearly see the person that she was, through her passion and her self reflection in this documentary. The most powerful images and words through the movie are the ones from Lene herself.
The filmmakers didn't try to create a story, they let Lene be herself and followed her lead.
This is a must see for anyone who has a loved one with an eating disorder, a loved one who has been sick for a long time or simply, if you wish to be a better human being.
Cannot recommend this film enough!
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