Talking About Adultery is a feature hybrid documentary film about infidelity told through confessional interviews of sex, marriage, and adultery. The film explores our hunger to find fulfillment through acts of committing to—and straying from—our partners and how the secrets we keep--and the lies we tell--in our search for love and desire reveal who we are. It is also the story of the director’s unexpected transformation, as she discovers her future partner through the process of making the film.
Talking About Adultery takes place in New York, the Czech Republic, a vast cactus garden in Sicily, and the homes of the film’s subjects. The film is a combination of 50 ethnographic interviews recorded over five years with lovers, husbands, wives, mistresses, and participants in non-traditional, polyamorous relationships, live collage-making drawn from the filmmaker’s original work as a fine artist; the correspondence of the protagonist B and her future partner; and the oblique but ultimately revealing perspective of an Italian philosopher of plants and gardens.
Ostensibly about infidelity, sex, and marriage, Talking About Adultery is also about how we become honest with ourselves and how we create the condition of trust with others—a subject that gets more important every day.
Talking About Adultery was an opportunity to create an intimate conversation among many people on the theme of trust and honesty and create space for the viewers to continue those conversations, which can be difficult and uncomfortable.
As a director, I strongly believe that sex and politics are not exclusive of each other, and exploring the troubles with intimate relationships is an important way to understand a larger disharmony—with ourselves as much as with others.
As an artist who grew up in the former socialist republic of Czechoslovakia and now living in USA, I have always been interested in the possibility/impossibility of trust between people and also the imaginary stories people tell themselves to justify how they live, who they are and who they want to be. I understand relationships among people as being a constant reassembly of different parts—elements of personality, history, beliefs, values, culture, memory, experience, geography—all of which change