This Film is Too Real for You

If life were actually like Social Media how would it look?

Sleater-Kinney guitarist and Portlandia star, Carrie Brownstein, wrote and directed a new short film – The Realest Real – produced by French fashion label, Kenzo, exploring just that.

The Realest Real scrutinizes the world of Social Media interactions and replicates them in real life by using a young woman, Abby, as its subject. After commenting “Mom” on a photo of Orange is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne on Instagram, Abby is adopted by Lyonne – which, as it turns out, is not as awesome as you’d expect.

In this absurdist take on real life Social Media followers literally follow you around, and leave at the drop of a hat for no good reason.

The film hones in on the ease in which we say things we don’t mean on Social Media. There are accepted practices online for interaction that basically cite hyperbole as the bible. From “ILU,”and “ROFL,” to “FTW” the internet and modern social interaction mean less than we say.

So when Abby, in the film, types “Mom”, she doesn’t literally want Lyonne to be her mother (that would be confusing and weird); she just admires her talent and the characters Lyonne plays on screen.

Subsequently, the way in which we use Social Media to interact with celebrities, people we don’t even know, is dealt with in The Realest Real. “It is about the idea that you can kind of insert yourself into the narrative of someone’s life, and into your idol’s life,” Brownstein, who wrote and directed the piece, told Kenzo. “It became about exploring ideas of fantasy and projection.”

While the way we socialize online may often seem harmless, we have to ask: What is the real harm of never being REAL?

Watch the video below and let us know your opinions in the comments section!

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