BAISE-MOI (VIRGINIE DESPENTES, 2000)
A SCREENING & PERFORMANCE
BY JEANNE DIELMAN & BJØRK GRUE LIDIN
Bjørk: I am asking you something.
Jeanne: At the moment there are no trains. Insane. (Delir)
Bjørk: This is going to be a long night.
Bjørk: You aren’t very social. Where are you going?
Bjørk: Can you drive a car? If you can drive, I have a car. And I want to go to Paris.
Baise-Moi is a porn worker and a sex worker on a mad killing spree
They are French and they are dark-skinned
Their killing is arbitrary and non-ideological
Bjørk: We’re just two girls, one big and one small.
Baise-Moi is “kind of Thelma & Louise on crack”
I want to crack your skull when I hear this.
Pure killing is part of no exchange system or transaction
possible but impossible.
Prohibiting her from violent expression is violence done to her.
Jeanne: You must have suffered a lot to become violent like that.
Pure killing must have no meaning. No finality. No intelligibility. No purpose or intention attached. Unconditional killing. A utopian way of killing.
None of your bullshit trigger warnings.
The premise of the film is pretty much a rape scene.
And when the hand-held video camera,
that follows everything like a sloppy creep,
doesn’t turn away from the scene but
pans between one woman’s desperate cries
and another’s quiet rage, the stakes of the film are set.
Bjørk: How could you let him take you like that?
Jeanne: They could have done much worse. We’re still alive, right?
And the best thing about being alive is you can refuse life.
Jeanne: That’s against my principles.
We were already dead when we met
They say rape will traumatize her –
a victim that should have known better.
A victim that is only a “true victim” when she is dead.
Contain her, isolate her, protect her, look after her
she is made safe and thus anything but.
Jeanne: Her unsafety is a problem to be solved
But he doesn’t exist unless he solves the problem
Baise-Moi refuses safety provided by him.
Baise-Moi demands her right to danger.
Baise-Moi moves into territories not intended for her and claims it as hers.
Baise-Moi denies his pleasure.
Baise-Moi appropriates his aggression.
Baise-Moi turns her into a perpetrator
Jeanne: What came first: patriarchy or the father?
Bjørk: You can’t prove a father. There is no father.
Is this a revenge flic? Against what:
porn culture – rape culture – male culture
Bjørk: I don’t bother to keep dicks out of my pussy, there is nothing valuable in there.
You wouldn’t leave your car behind with valuable stuff either.
Jeanne: It’s only a dick and we’re only two girls.
The limit to the female form is rape.
Thus, when you move past fear, stigma, the trauma of rape, to ask for more dick, you arrive in the zone of pure lawlessness.
You move up from slut to gangster.
We’re just two girls. One big and one small.
Bjørk: Her pleasure is always controlled and violence is not her domain.
Jeanne: Violence is not her domain. (reverb)
What all men are afraid of is when women become THE LAW
Jeanne: What we didn’t like about you, pal, is the condom. You’re a condom prick.
Bjørk: Don’t worry: these girls are not feminists.
Only everyone’s guilty somehow and everyone has to pay up eventually.