The difference between Barbie and Poor Things can in part be discerned through their respective beginnings and endings: Gerwig’s film concludes with Barbie’s vaginal implant whilst Lanthimos’ film begins with its heroine’s brain transplant. This contrast underscores each film’s focus: while Barbie hones in on the cosmetic world of sexy sculpted bodies, Poor Things explores the cerebral dimension of both sexuality and identity. In this way, Poor Things provides a far more complex and intelligent meditation upon women’s liberation, examining both the sensual and psychological dimension of our minds and bodies.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationWomen's Agenda
PublisherAgenda Media
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2024

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  • Poor Things, Barbie, Female Empowerment


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