Feminism, gender studies and psychoanalysis
in “The price of life” movie.

            The
movie “The price of life” is a Russian film that is supported by an
International Center dedicated to the protection and respect of women’s rights.
In this film we meet from the abundance three critical theories, feminism,
gender studies and psychoanalysis. In the first plan, the film describes the
difficult and unhappy life of a young woman who comes from a modest family who
lives in a village. Natasha, the main female character in this movie, is given
to the orphanage after the girl’s parents died in a fire. The girls from this
orphanage, among them Natasha, are discriminated, knocked, often closed in the
room and left without food. At 12 years, the girl is adopted by her grandfather
but, her life keeps the same shade of gray.
            Her
grandfather always behaves very badly with her, and she is beaten and insulted.
Natasha is a girl passionate about painting, she’s extremely talented, and
dedicated. She wanted  very much to
become a painter, but she was not allowed to paint and was always discouraged:
“You will never become a painter because you  are not talented, you are poor and
orphaned.”
But first her feminist ideals was when, though she was scared of her
grandfather’s violent behavior, she has the courage to say “I love
painting and my dream of becoming a painter will become reality! You will see…!”
The fact that she could talk when she felt treated with inferiority, made her
feel stronger, she found the strength to affirm herself, she gained
self-confidence. So, at the age of 18, Natasha decides to leave home, and go in
Moscow, with the thought of realizing her dream. The moment when the main
character leaves home, is another proof of her free spirit, she is a strong
woman who does everything she can to do, to live not depend on anyone. Another
scene where we see Natasha as a true feminist is when he meets Igor, a young
man who comes from a wealthy family. But his father was an alcoholic. (This
detail is important because this aspect contributes to Igor’s psychoanalysis.) But
money does not delight her, because Natasha is a girl who, although she was
poor, does not accept to be maintained. Another proof of her free spirit and feminist ideals is her relation
with Igor, she accepted this relation with this boy just to keep her freedom in
a society governed by male. She does
not consider her inferior to her boyfriend, she saying, “Even though I am
poorer than you, we are both human, we live under the same sky and have the
same rights.”     
            In
this movie, we clearly see a world where the line between women and men is
clearly defined, so clear that its passage brings suffering and violence. At
the beginning, their relationship is beautiful and pink, her life seems to take
a beautiful turn, but after a short period of time, they decide to move
together, Igor becomes violent and obsessive, but Natasha is deprived of
freedom and dreams. She is forced to give up her college and her dream of
becoming painter. She is not allowed to go out with her friends or talk to
someone on the phone. And he often says, “If you do not beat her, you do
not love her.” And from this moment we can talk about psychoanalysis. The
reason the young man is violent may be the fact that his father was an
alcoholic, and he always was in constant fear. This could explain the reason
for his violent  behavior.
            Another
scene where we can talk about gender studies is when Igor says: “The man is no
longer a man, women do faculties, they make a career, they have bigger wages,
they drive cars, and of course they can become the president.” He think they do
not have the right to drive the car, or to become the president because these
are just men’s rights.
He screamed at her and said “You are a poor woman and you just must to do
children, to take care of them and family.” He believes that women are inferior
to men, have no right to education, and that they will never be both
emotionally and financially independent. But also this scene can be analyzed
from psychoanalytic perspective. Igor behaves badly with his girlfriend because
he has created this image of himself in that he has different rights to the
poor people, he is better and stronger than others. And he thinks if he is
rich, can do whatever he wants and can behave as badly as he wants.
And the fact that, Natasha
accepts this relationship that has changed its colors, can be also analyzed
from a psychoanalytic perspective. Because Natasha was traumatized in her
childhood by the death of her parents, now for fear of loneliness and not
losing a close person, accept this relationship.
            Instead,
at the end of the movie, the protagonist shows she is a convinced feminist.  She broke up with Igor. She does not accept her condition as a
poor woman, which is always discriminated against, becomes a strong and
independent woman. Fight for her rights, fought for her dream.  Natasha finished her studies and becomes a
known painter. But in the end, she marries and had established a family in
which she is loved, respected and supported in all that she does by her
husband.
            It
is a movie that tells us that women are not equal to men, but who fully
describes the long way that Natasha is going for equality. The movie encourage
the idea, the women must to be treated well as men have always been treated. Encourages
all the women not to allow anyone, to sweep away dreams and aspirations, no
matter how much love is. A love can only lift you, but cannot keep you bound.

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