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Boobs. Melons. Bazookas: American director Kristen Vermilyea has large breasts, neck pain, back pain, and balance issues. Her decision to get a reduction triggers questions about identity, aging and bodies. Kristen departs on a series of wacky and humorous adventures before going under the knife.
After lugging the ‘babies’ around for more than 25 years, Kristen is ready to let them go. Once the decision has been made, it becomes clear that her breasts are much more than just a physical attribute – they have become a huge part of who Kristen is.
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Beyond Boobs is a hilarious and at times provocative film about a middle-aged American single-mother living in Switzerland and her quest to find out if she’ll be invisible when she’s no longer the woman with the biggest breasts in the room.
A TED-talker on the subject (“It’s okay to look”) and an artist, Kristen has been creating performance pieces with her breasts with a nod to artists as Sophie Calle, Agnes Varda, Valie Export and Annie Sprinkle.
Leaving the art experiments behind, Kristen embarks upon a real journey before she goes under the knife, and along the way encounters old lovers, family members, best friends and strangers. She asks them, “Am I me, or am I my breasts?”
As she heads towards the inevitable and anticipated breast reduction surgery, she finds herself accepting the realities of her future existence – the new shape and size of her body. It’s true: we are not our bodies.