The Disappearance of my Mother /
The Disappearance of my Mother
Italian supermodel and actress Benedetta Barzini has been a powerful muse to many artists—from Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol to Salvador Dali—as well as to her own son. When, at 76, she announced that she wanted to “disappear”, he practically forced her to let him document her life. Director Beniamino Barrese, who had been filming his mother constantly since he had been a boy, holds on to every sliver of information and every shred of imagery, and even considers casting an actress to portray her—all to avoid saying goodbye. He shadows his mother everywhere: at home; when she returns to modeling; and in class, where she teaches critical feminist theory. Her fascinating personality is revealed in deeply personal yet humorous conversations, even as she seems to resent the blatant invasion of her life.