Escena Doméstica con Gusano Verde

Marisa González
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A worm makes its way across a table, the camera of a domestic portable videocassette recorder watches as the family arrives. The observation becomes a debate while the worm slowly tries to flee.

A boy encourages the worm's progress by talking to him with strange words. The worm ascends a small branch, drags himself across a white panel, while he is called the name “mariangeles”. The boy, who is fascinated with the surprising organism that is temporarily living in his home, broadcasts his actions while his mother encourages him to use description. The boy sings to the worm, talks to him, and supports him until the father arrives. The father watches and asks what is going on in the home. He becomes angry and scolds the boy for the time he is taking to eat. At no time can the spectator see who is speaking, only the worm is on the screen. The family's relationships are represented by their voices in off. The worm carries on with his journey (by a shoe, along the edge of a piece of paper, etc.) while the family members continue with their lives until the cameraman tires and, after an “Uff!”, the camera is disconnected.

This is a domestic video that ends its album of memories with an outsider's observation. Looking deeper, a new family member (the video) observes the other (the worm). This is more descriptive than the habitual images of protagonists looking at the camera. Instead, the focus on the worm allows us to know how many people make up the family, that it takes the boy a long time to eat, that there is a conspiratorial relationship between the couple, etc. Full nudity without bodies.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Escena Doméstica con Gusano Verde
  • Direction: Marisa González
  • Production: Marisa González. 1984.
  • Duration: 00:07:14
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English - Spanish
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright