(swedish title JÄSNINGEN)
We shape the ideals and the ideals creates us, but who decides
the correct model? A short cinematic drama on human identity taking place
at a clinic for transformation to the prevailing norm “Peer”,
featured by Pierre Bjorkman, who suffers from Down Syndrome and is a member
of the Moomstheatre, a group of professional actors with disabilities.
Pierre Bjorkmans’ character in the film, as in reality, is an altogether
friendly, warm, funny, creative and above all, enjoying person.
It is important to emphasize that Pierre Björkman plays a role, not
only the acts himself, even if the starting point is his own person. He
has a number of other people beside him and together they engineer a different
kind of drama, a serious and absurd story with much humour that reflects
the trends in our society.
All participants in the voluntary clinic are formed using the same template
and here a good and handsome person is more associated with pleasure,
both for body and soul. Why exercise when you can lie down and eat chocolate
in bed and think pleasant thoughts? In our film everyone wish to be like
The Peer. We travel through the corridors inhabited by aspirants, more
or less Peer-similar individuals. Peeris is they who have risen through
the ranks and take care of treatments. The camera stops in different "treatment
rooms" where peer-promotion activities are going on. Most participants
have bald heads and more or less patterned, colorful clothes. Those who
have not reached so high in their development have less color and pattern.
The unsuccessful aspirant Pelle is entirely gray in contrast to the successful
Baby who manage to graduate. The film has no dialog. Instead, music and
enhanced sound effects along with the picture, slowly make the audience
aware of the contents of the film.
In today's western, and for that matter even oriental society, we are
operating us into a "normal" appearance. We lengthen or shorten
legs and in the more extreme cases, opererate our faces to look like someone
else. We remove and add to an absurd degree. "Someone" directs
us, telling us how to be and appear, to be a good and beautiful person.
In relation to who and what? These issues are reflected in the short film
Fermentity and by simply turning everything upside down and inside out,
we challenge the general prevailing values. We use gender, physical abnormality
/ obesity and mental disability in order to say something about the existing
hierarchy in the contemporary world.