the euphoria and hangovers of the most controversial series


To the episodes hate menthe protagonists and co-creators of Self defense , Berta Prieto and Belén Barenys, do pedagogy so that girls rebel against the obligation that is instilled in us women to always be loving to help poor men. In other chapters like feel wanted, Fancy o Back home they expose male self-satisfaction with regard to sexual relations by highlighting the most pathetic side of male characters. It is a more effective strategy of feminist subversion than that of presenting some men as violent or aggressive figures, since this identification does not usually make those referred to uncomfortable because it does not disempower them.

Self defense, Filmin’s second original series, joins so many other recent fictions created by women that dismantle male imaginaries and break the taboo of explicit representation of sex and the female body not so much from transgression as from de-dramatization. The protagonists position themselves from a contemporary feminism that combines not giving up on looking great according to aesthetic canons with the freedom to be unsympathetic, uncomplimentary and contradictory.

Berta and Belén never hide the place from which they express themselves, an atmosphere of youth modern of Barcelona closer to the dominant culture, albeit precarious, than to the underground. Hence the adjective punk it is not the most appropriate in the series. Also for this reason the episode that articulates an explicit political complaint is the least convincing. the strength ofSelf defense lies in the blunt self-representation and from within the universe of the protagonists, although in the chapter collective acts describes the world of cinema and his silence regarding sexual harassment from an external voice-over, as if a series like this and those responsible for it were not part of it. The protagonists are convincingly integrated into the narrative, while making it clear that they do not want to be either victims or heroines of a story about abuse. And so far, in favor. But the argument with which they justify their attitude ends up having a fallacious bias, given that what has moved the Me Too has not so much to do with privilege, which in some cases also, as with collective action , the support of the media and, let’s not deny it, the individual courage of many women.

Generational anxiety

Self defense it transfers the forms of communication of the youth to the serial format without conforming to the usual conventions. Fragmented and heterogeneous, the tone swings from shamelessness to hedonism, passing through the documentary rigor that testifies to the daily coexistence with the anguish of an entire generation. The series fires punchy sentences, dialogues and scenes. But he also excels at weaving more abstract emotional states. Few series capture the youthful experience as well as wandering between euphoria and hangover. Episodes 5 and 10, which close respectively the two installments ofSelf defense, they make up the two sides of the coin of embracing a party night as if the world were to end. A be a conceptthe characters are entering a dimension as if suspended in time, lethargic, in a strangeness emphasized by the tangential point of view of the camera, the games with chiaroscuro and that watchful limousine that seems to have escaped from the film Holy Motors. The chapter looking after, on the other hand, chains the random succession of happy coincidences that prolong a night of partying until well after sunrise, in the closest thing to a state of perfect enjoyment in which nothing significant needs to happen. To top it off, the final scene visualizes one of the most common, and least represented, ways in which a pair of friends end a day of shared walking. Female bonding is also that.


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