Roman filmmaker Adele Tulli’s observational documentary Normal is an unsettling visual journey through gender norms in contemporary society. Immersed in a kaleidoscopic mosaic of visually powerful scenes, viewers experience the ritualized performance of femininity and masculinity hidden in ordinary interactions, from birth to adulthood. Isolating the slightly grotesque, uncanny elements surrounding our everyday life, Normal meditates on what remains imperceptible about it—its governing norms, its inner mechanisms. The result is that what counts as “normal” does not feel so reassuring, anymore.  

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Adele Tulli. 2019. 70 min. Italy/Switzerland/Sweden/UK. Color. Italian. DCP. Courtesy of Cinecittà.

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