Chiara Caselli, from Ulysses by James Joyce
DCP - colour
It is the dead of night, Molly, in her bed, cannot get to sleep. Next to her face are the feet of her husband Leopold, who fell asleep upside-down and fully dressed. Molly’s voice, her irreverent, tragic, and childlike spirit, lead us on a journey through her life and the people who inhabit it, whether living or imaginary. Present time is, then, interwoven with a past that haunts her and a future that offers her what she feels she has lost forever... slowly dawn enters her room.
The film is a plunge into the heart, mind, and flesh of Molly, the protagonist of the final chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Since I was a teenager, as I began to take photos, I have wished to depict interior life through images. My meeting with Molly also dates from that time. I saw her at the theater: an indelible meeting. In 2010 I began my journey into Molly’s mind and personality, with an adaptation, a scenic interpretation, a play. Molly was a body and words, and now the filmmaking has added her image. A natural and necessary development.