Chain

Jem Cohen

Two women lost in the vastness of global culture. One is a corporate worker sent to research the amusement park industry. The other is an outsider working and living in a shopping mall. A hypnotic and disturbing investigation of the contemporary world as an artificial desert where everything is the same. Not only malls, hotels and theme parks but also humans.

A young Japanese scout is sent by some corporation to research the amusement park industry in the USA. Meanwhile another woman, a working-class cleaner, survives on the fringes of corporate society - she eats, sleeps and basically lives in a motel or shopping mall. Both women find themselves in the middle of American or rather global nowhere and both feel desolated there.
Chain shows a contemporary world as a deserted corporate landscape that consists of different non-places - hotels, motels, malls, fast-food restaurants, gas stations, airports, theme parks - which are the same everywhere. These global chains are impersonal and reduce an individual to an anonymous worker or consumer who becomes just a function of this machine. Focusing on the existential side of the process, Jem Cohen makes a disturbing and absolutely hypnotic study of contemporary alienation, solitude and non-existence.

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Filmmaker
Jem Cohen
Country
USA, Germany
Year
2004
Medium
DCP
Length
99
Language
English
Producer
Jem Cohen, Mary Jane Skalski
Production Company
Antidote Films
Sales
Video Data Bank (VDB)
Writer
Jem Cohen
Cinematography
Jem Cohen
Editor
Davey Frankel, Jem Cohen
Cast
Nikaido Miho
Website
http://jemcohenfilms.com