Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Another entry at The Students' Corner, by Joana Silva, now an 11th form student. This time Joana writes a very interesting review of the short film 'Plastic'. Worth reading, undoubtedly!

'Whilst Anna is preparing for a first date with Henry, a man she has secretly loved for years, everything goes wrong until she discovers the impossible - to sculpt her appearance like clay to any shape she desires.' 'Plastic' is a short film written and directed by Sandy Widyanata.

I came across this wonderful film while scrolling down my tumblr and I have to say that it was one of the best short films that I have ever seen, and I have seen loads of them.

How many times haven’t we wished we could change our appearance and make ourselves look like those models we see almost every day on magazines’ covers or even on TV? I can only answer for myself, and the answer is: way too many times.

As a female teenager, and not wanting to say that only girls have problems with their image, I have found myself looking at girls on magazines and wondering if that is what I really should look like. Well, I have wished I could look like them before, but then it hit me: “The girls in the magazines don’t even look like the girls in the magazines”. The truth is that they go through hours of make-up and then their photos go through hours of editing, creating something entirely different from reality.

So, after I understanding all that (and it took me a long time to), I believe, albeit I can’t say I am 100 per cent confident about my image, that I have gotten to a point where I have accepted it. No one’s perfect and no one ever will be. 'Perfection is completely overrated', as Helena Bonham Carter once said.

It’s very complicated to escape those stereotypes that society has created around the concept of beauty, and you have to be strong not to let it affect you and the way you look at yourself. So this film gives us a really important message, which is, in my opinion, that you’re not a doll. You are made of flesh and bone, not plastic. You might have imperfections, but they are part of who you are, and they’re what makes you unique.

I strongly advise everyone to watch 'Plastic'. It is amazing and it’s absolutely worth the time you spend watching it.
You might also like to read other texts by Joana

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