2018

Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy

 “Lutine” 

This is a fictional film by a French director (in French, with English subtitles) about a woman's efforts to expand her love life beyond traditional monogamy. The film depicts the creation of a documentary on the subject of polyamory, with the final product being somewhere between documentary and fiction.

Although "Lutine" is officially presented as fiction, it may more accurately be described as a combination of documentary and fiction. This is because while many of the scenes depict fictional events and dramatizations, the story being told in the film actually does slightly parallel many of the real events experienced by the director of the film, and does include genuine interviews with people who relate their genuine experiences. It highlights many details about contemporary French attitudes about love, romance, and sexuality, and raises many questions about the tension between monogamy and consensual nonmonogamy. The creator says this film should be classified as a ‘UMO': Unidentified Movie Object!

The central character takes many risks and she cannot always measure the consequences. On the one hand, this is a serious, poised, and thought-through documentary with speakers who have reflected on the topic or who live it everyday. On the other hand, it is a comedy about a female director who plays with fire by testing out polyamory on her own relationship. Between the two, a grey area in which fiction gets entangled with reality.

Will her sweetheart be able to stand up to the challenge of polyamory? Will she finish her film?

Although this unique film has been very well received by audiences in Paris, Spain, and an increasing number of prestigious venues elsewhere in Europe, including the Conference on Contemporary Intimacies and Nonmonogamies (Lisbon, Sept 2015) and North America (Beyond the Love, Nov, 2015), this showing will represent the West Coast debut of Lutine.

The screening of the film will be followed by a question & answer session and discussion with the director about content of the film and possible implications for nonmonogamous relationships in contemporary and future societies.