White Lies deals with common narrative structures and the interplay between reality and fiction. In total, the three synchronously presented but casually combined film sequences create a flexible logic, which always represents just one among many possible realities. Inner and outer perception of the figures become an essential part of the projected reality.

White Lies shows three generations of women from one family seated at a restaurant table laid out for dining. While waiting for their dishes, they warily eye each other, change positions and contradict each other with paradoxical sounding sentences such as "I don't know what I said", "I am sorry for what I said". In the way it is assembled, the drama throws up a number of temporary alternatives; each figure also plays with and against herself, is capable of duplicating and triplicating herself. It instantly becomes clear that the women are alluding to a family secret.

The scene shows a discussion which has already been sought, hoped for, attempted, avoided, sabotaged, forgotten or indeed held ­ but in vain ­ on numerous occasions before and without any result, but thereby opening up a variety of different interpretations and mutations. The figures continually keep switching positions and roles again and again: they would like to tell the truth in one moment; in another they take refuge in white lies. Tirelessly the daughter promises: "I will find out one day."

White Lies

Artist: Susanne Weirich
Production year: 2007
Duration: 00:24:00

Magnus Müller

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