californication

Coinciding with the opening this weekend of a major Urs Fischer survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Imitation of Christ designer and actress Tara Subkoff has linked up with filmmaker Tatiana Von Furstenburg and Chloƫ Sevigny to produce a short film for MOCAtv. Touching on the ennui that can accompany life in a sprawling, car-centric city like L.A., the short features Sevigny as Grey, a married woman who, despite living in a beautiful, sun-drenched home, is heard complaining to an unknown friend over the telephone about her angst and dissatisfaction toward her new life out west. While birds chirp in the background, Grey grumbles about how she misses New York and that "there's nothing even remotely good about" L.A. The city is "like the world's most giant waiting room," as she puts it.

Sevigny's listlessness (she spends the duration of the film lounging around her house in a nightgown-style romper) and sense of confinement contrasts with her expansive surroundings, which, Subkoff told us via email, stems from the director's own feelings of being "split between the expansiveness and beauty of L.A..." and the sense of frequently being "alone with one's thoughts." Splitting time between New York and Los Angeles, Subkoff said she's "always confused as to where makes more sense as a homebase" and that many lines in the film are taken directly from conversations she and Sevigny have had "while spending time in L.A. together and having to be there for work." But, ultimately, the film ends with a major plot twist when Sevigny's unknown phone companion is revealed (we won't give it away) and suddenly the situation doesn't seem as hopeless as all that. As Subkoff put it, the film is really about "the concept that wherever you are, it's ideal to appreciate the moment [you're] in and not compare it something else."

Watch the clip above. 
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