Love Forever: Close-Up on Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel’s "Jessica Forever"

Published on Dec 04, 2019

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel's Jessica Forever, which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from December 4 – January 2, 2019 in Mubi's Debuts series.In the opening sequence of Jessica Forever there is a brief segment which zooms in on a scrunched adolescent body, a forehead adorned with ash-blond hair tightly pressing on to bloody knees, staining the tidy grey sweatpants the young boy is wearing. Suddenly, a hand slides into the frame, fingers and palm caressing the wounded body part, rearranging the frame according to a center of intimacy. Lingering attentively on the oozing injury opens up a space for the viewer’s empathy, while the camera brings into focus a visual metaphor that sits at the heart of the film as a hymn of love and vulnerability. The story of Jessica Forever, the debut

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