“For those of us not living or working in solitude, the bathroom offers the sole moments in our day when we may escape the gaze of others.
“Think of all the odd things you’ve done in a bathroom in your lifetime. What child hasn’t secretly explored the substance of their waste. What pre-teen hasn’t masturbated nervously. What person hasn’t escaped to the bathroom during a business meeting and made a weird face in the mirror to say to the world: ‘You don’t know I’m doing this right now. Oh there’s so much you don’t know.’
“No other moment can so clearly reveal that our public life is all, in fact, an act. An act with a purpose, but an act all the same.”
While I am still yet to see Black Swan (pathetic, I know, but I’ve never been an Oscar-winning movie kind of gal. More of a Razzie-winning one!), Richardson’s commentary reminded me of Hugo Schwyzer’s take on webcams in the bathrooms and bedrooms of young, impressionable girls. See here for my musings on the subject.
Related: Picture Perfect.
Images via Mirror Motion Picture Commentary.