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The human side in Teknolust

smile's picture

What really attracts me in The film is the human part which was so strong in spite of all the advanced technology which seems to be dominating. I mainly observed that through the relationship of Rossetta with her cyborgs on the one hand and on the second between the 3 cyborgs themselves...In one scene, we saw how a whole conversation between the four clones was about how should the SRA`s call Rossetta, should they call her Mum or old sister? and here we see that these are just  names of Human relationships...In another scenes we saw how the 3 SRA`s were showing a kind of fear for each other, and also taking care of each other...

The human side in the film is also reflected in the idea of how the cyborgs were taking care of their external appearance as women, and also in the kind of books they were reading: "The Human psychology"!!!!!!!

I also think that the fact of criticizing the "real world" as a place where humans kill each other and at the same time confess that it has its charm, is for me a purely human feeling since most of us don`t like what is going on in the world but still can`t say we don`t want to be living in here..!!!!

Another important human side in the film ( I think I should have put it first)  is the notion of sexuality and love.Rossetta and Ruby were reflecting the idea that a human being can`t live without love even when he/she is not aware of this.



Franklin20's picture

Imperfect Copy

 I was also interested in the human side of the film.  The film seemingly advocates for humanity over the clones.

One way that this is expressed is in the way that the clones need sperm to survive.  I think the common feminist way to interpret the clones need for sperm is that they seemingly need men to be complete.  However, I would like to offer a broader interpretation.  The need for sperm reflects a need for an organic, human substance.  The need for some organic substance is later reinforced when Marine refuses to take the imitation sperm.  The refutation of the unnaturally made for the consumption of the organic substance inserts a definitive humanist tone into the film.  (I do agree that the fact the that this substance manifests itself through the consumption of sperm does posit interesting gender dynamics into the movie.)

I think Sandy is a critical figure in the movie's discussion of cloning vs. biological production.  Sandy works at a photo copying center; photocopying being figurative of a cloning material.  However, he refuses to make perfect copies of the original; he intentionally twists or skews whatever he is copying so that it is different from the original (as depicted in the scene when a lady screams at Sandy for messing up the posters for a dance competition).  This larger theme of imperfect copies culminates in Ruby's pregnancy (a brief clip of her pregnant next to Sandy is shown during the credits).  Sandy and Ruby's happy ending means that they produce an baby, a merging of the two of them, not a perfect copy of either one figure.

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