Violently Happy

Violently Happy
reż. Paula Calvo/Germany/2016/92 min.
Kinoteka, sala 3
Luna, sala B

We live in a society that wants to keep us away from pain. Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen and Voltaren. Children´s playgrounds with rubber mats and bikes with cushioned seats. Comfort zones at any price. Please, take my body, wrap it up in cotton and don´t touch it! This film is about people who want to be touched and who are not afraid of experimenting with pain and violence.

And, in doing so, have lots of sex. Felix Ruckert, dancer and choreographer, teaches Mara Morgen, urban sustainability worker not to play with rubber mats but with whips, sex toys and sculptures of Buddha. Together with another choreographer, Christine Borch, and psychologist Jana Scherle, these four strong reflective characters open the debate on experimenting with Boundaries and Projections. So what does Dance, Yoga and S&M have in common? The Schwelle 7, not a basement but Felix´s sunbathed 500 m2 living room, an experimental place where real people play with real violence and unlived fantasies are fulfilled. The concept of relationships and sexual patterns are disassembled and reassembled in new forms and then messed up again… while dancing, meditating, at sex parties and in S&M sessions. A seeking and smooth camera, close to the characters creates a very intimate and carnal film. Is the practice of violence in a controlled and friendly space an evolution in our civilization?


  • projection time:
    92 min.
  • country/year:
  • director:
    Paula Calvo
  • pictures:
  • production:
    Lüthje Schneider Hörl I FILM GbR
  • selected festivals and awards:
    IDFA Amsterdam 2016

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