My Fathers, My Mother and Me
Meine Keine Familie
Paul-Julien Robert’s quietly devastating documentary revisits the former residents of the experimental 1970s free-love commune in which he grew up.
Otto Muehl, the controversial founder of the Viennese Actionist Art movement of the 1970s, had a dream. He imagined a radical social system breaking free from patriarchy and sexual repression, and rejecting the nuclear family model. His creation, Friedrichshof, became one of the most famous sex communes in the world. The dozens of children born there never knew who their biological fathers were; a state of ignorance supposedly designed to encourage their creativity and personal development. Director Paul-Julien Robert spent his first 12 years in the commune, until it was dissolved in 1991. Drawing on footage from the film archive, which was run by the commune members, Robert embarks on a personal journey into the past, skilfully interweaving impassioned interviews with his mother and former members of Muehl’s experimental society and their families. An understated documentary that powerfully evokes the devastating emotional effects the commune had on its residents.
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