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Mano Destra

Cleo Uebelmann

Switzerland, 1986
53 minutes, B&W, mag stripe
Available formats: 16mm / SD digital file

Mano Destra is an enigmatically stylised and exquisitely photographed study of the body as object. Achieving cult status among the S&M Underground, the film however confronts the paradox of S&M: the consensual nature of the relationship. The domina , Cleo Uebelmann herself – cool, detached,competent and precise, sculpts the body of herVictim /Client into an aesthetic object. The audience, however, wonders if Domina and client are one and the same woman. Birgit Hein notes the tenderness of the film in relation to the shock horror with which it had been received by certain audiences.
Mano Destra challenges fondly held views of the correct female sexuality and so creates both feelings of outrage and liberation.- Karen Smith.