The Expected Unexpected from Bruce LaBruce
What I have always loved about Bruce Labruce’s film is that he surprises us every time and usually by daring to go where others dasn’t (it’s a good word). The word is out on his new film, “The Misandrists”, and we hear that it is a look at feminist rage with lesbian terrorists. The movie is currently being filmed in Berlin with plans to have it ready to be sold at the Cannes Film Festival, one of the biggest and most prestigious markets for new film.
\ stars Susanne Sachsse, who has featured in several of LaBruce’s films, including “Raspberry Reich,” which I now understand is considered the prequel to “The Misandrists.”
“The Misandrists” are a “secret cell of feminist terrorists that is planning to liberate women, overthrow the patriarchy, and usher in a new female world order. The group is led by Big Mother (Sachsse), who operates a school for wayward girls in the countryside as a front for her terrorist cell.
When a young man, a radical leftist, who is running from the police, happens upon this remote female stronghold, one of the girls takes pity on him and hides him in the basement. His presence eventually disrupts the household and reveals a number of unexpected secrets, as the film moves towards its climax”.
For those of you keeping count, this is Labruce’s10th feature film and is produced by Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion. “Bruce’s new film promises to be a fun and important commentary on feminism. In a new teaser trailer, we see that Labruce has been kidnapped and is at the mercy of the ruthless Female Liberation Army, a gang of lesbian feminist terrorists who make up the cast of his latest film. The film is meant to be a companion piece to “The Raspberry Reich”, a somewhat pornographic tale inspired by the Baader-Meinhof Gang of German leftists who held businessman Hanns Martin Schleyer captive in 1977.
The movie’s plot “sounds like all your softcore, B-movie exploitation dreams come true (a countryside school for wayward girls is actually a front for the FLA terrorist cell, with the film’s climax revealing a new style of lesbian propaganda porn”. LaBruce is tapping into the rage that women feel every day with this film. “It is something like “Big Momma’s House” but with more lesbian terrorism and less Martin Lawrence”.
If you have seen his other films, you know that this isn’t BLaB’s first foray into the eccentric and bizarre. After starting in the queer punk zine scene in the 80s and debuting his first film in 1991, “No Skin Off My Ass”, (starring LaBruce himself as a lonely hairdresser who falls for a skinhead) his directorial work has blended pornography and art to cover everything from BDSM and prostitution to amputee fetishism and zombie sex. “The Raspberry Reich” was a satire of the radical left that followed a terrorist group coercing others into joining “the homosexual intifada,” which is coincidentally the same way we got recruited by the gay agenda.