a film by Su Friedrich
42 minutes, B&W, USA, 1987, 16mm
Languages: English, German
“‘Damned If You Don’t’ is Friedrich’s subversive and ecstatic response to her Catholic upbringing. Blending conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voice-overs, this film creates an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. Featuring Peggy Healey as a young nun tormented by her desire for the sultry irresistible Ela Troyano.
“‘Damned If You Don’t‘ is a real prize. Beautifully shot in black and white, it blends conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voice-overs to create an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. The film is as hypnotic as a dream.” Andrew Rasanen, BAY WINDOWS
“The film energizes feminist deconstruction by locating it within a context of at least two forms of (redirected) film pleasure: the excitement of melodramatic narrative and the sensuous enjoyment of cinematic texture, rhythm and structure.” Scott MacDonald, FILM QUARTERLY
“Passionate, genuinely innovative…a lyrical evocation of the mystery of memory and the development of sexual identity.” Amy Taubin. THE VILLAGE VOICE