“I think the most ideal life is for my silicone love dolls to become real people so that they don’t have to be love dolls anymore.” Evra, a middle-aged man who lives in a small town in southwest England, looks no different from others. But when he stepped into the house, it was not his family who greeted him, but a room of silicone love dolls like everyone else. In the documentary “Ru Gum Like a Wife”, Dutch documentary director Sophie Doros aimed the camera at Evra, who fell in love with silicone love dolls and recorded the life of a man who lived alone for many years. mood.
“When I first heard of a man living with his silicone love doll, I thought it was too weird, he must be crazy!” said Sophie Doros, a Dutch documentary filmmaker who has been following gender issues for a long time. When he first came into contact with Evra many years ago, he had already become the focus of the media’s curiosity report because of the silicone doll. He also appeared in another documentary “Man and the Doll” and was no stranger to the camera. “But I told him that this film is not only about your doll, I want to shoot you as a person.”
In “Ru Gum Like Wife”, Evra has lived alone since she lost her mother many years ago. Since he has been unable to establish a stable relationship with women in the real world, he turned to project his emotions onto the silicone love doll he bought. He lives with 13 lifelike silicone sex dolls, puts on makeup, puts on exquisite costumes, had afternoon tea together, and even drove the silicone love dolls out to relax. Silicone love dolls are usually seen as a product of desire, ordinary toys, or a simple model, but in Evra’s eyes, serious love with silicone dolls is the only way for him to resolve loneliness.
“I want to take the audience to experience this process of understanding from prejudice.” Sophie Doros said that in addition to the artistry of the video and the image, the story is also the focus of the documentary narrative. “I don’t just want to present a seemingly crazy and bizarre appearance. For me, the important thing is how to look farther and deeper.”
The documentary “Rujiao Like Wife” was screened in the “SARS Eros” section of the 23rd Taiwan International Women’s Film Festival.