Julia Patey & Lucie Aron use a sensual mixture of juice and the human form to question what it is to be a woman
Let’s face it, sex might be great but it’s also disgusting, all squelching, groaning and exchanges of fluid that sometimes sound like fruit being squashed. Filmmaker Julia Patey and performer Lucie Aron have teamed up to make JUICE PORN: Women Redefine Sexy, a short film that marries the world of sex and pomegranates, playing with extreme close ups of tongues, teeth, skin and.....fruit.
The fleshy nature of fruit – focussed on intensively by the camera – leaves the viewer questioning what’s human and what’s honeydew. Whatever’s going on, the film is a highly sensual exploration of sex and its primal noises; its gasps and heavy exhalations.
There’s no escaping the heavy symbolism of JUICE PORN, using the peeling back of bananas and the biting into apples to leave little (and yet everything) to the imagination. We caught up with Julia and Lucie to ask them some questions about their creative process and intentions. Watch the film above and read the interview below.
Why fruit? How did you decide to combine it with sex?
Julia Patey and Lucie Aron: We were looking for a way to communicate the inner thoughts and images that appear in our minds during sex. There’s something inherently sexy about fruit. We have dirty minds as well and can’t help but make the association when eating a big banana or digging our teeth into a juicy fig. Sex is about exchanging fluids, juices, so naturally we made the connection between it and fruit.
Do you think many people will have been turned on watching the video?
Julia Patey and Lucie Aron: We know people were turned on! Lucie has had a good time showing it to her male friends who after watching it ask her stiffly, “Are those YOUR lips?” We wanted to take the viewer on a psychedelic ride and show an intense, in-your-face version of sex. But there are many ways of being aroused. Some prefer a slower build-up. Maybe it’s something to explore in a future project.
Why did you avoid nudity, a state of undress typically ubiquitous in porn?
Julia Patey and Lucie Aron: There is some nudity, it just isn’t prominent. We preferred to use the power of suggestion, to allow viewers to use their imagination instead of telling them what sex should look like.
Do you consider this porn?
Julia Patey and Lucie Aron: Absolutely. It’s a new way to make porn that gives the viewer a more active role. The purpose of porn is to excite the viewer. We didn’t think showing what sex looks like from the outside was the best way to turn people on. We wanted to show sex from a subjective, inside point of view to get closer to the root of excitation, to make it more personal. There is a lot of room to play within this genre and we’re both really looking forward to seeing how it develops.
This project sprung from the question: "what is it to be a woman?" Do you think you're any closer to understanding now?
Julia Patey and Lucie Aron: The question “What is it to be a woman?” was a great starting point for us. We considered the difference between man and woman and our first response was to think of genitals, which brought us to the topic of sex. We wanted to explore what sex is like for a woman. I think we could have made the same film by asking ourselves “What is it to be human?” because we are people with different experiences, so we offer different perspectives. But in this case, we are both women, so gender became an interesting direction to follow. We aren’t trying to provide answers, we want to open up the question to others. Viewers can understand what they want from the film, we just provide them with the experience.
What's next for you as filmmakers and performers?
Julia Patey and Lucie Aron: We are collaborating on a series of short films under the name JUICE (JUlia & LuCiE). The idea is to continue our co-creative, director-actress relationship and confront different subjects. Right now, we are in the middle of editing a short about a man and woman who rediscover their savage nature, directed by Julia, and played by Lucie and Paul Boche.