Damned If You Don’t is Friedrich’s subversive and ecstatic response to her Catholic upbringing. Blending conventional narrative technique with impressionistic camerawork, symbols and voice-overs, this film creates an intimate study of sexual expression and repression. Featuring Peggy Healey as a young nun tormented by her desire for the sultry, irresistible Ela Troyano.
Gently Down The Stream
A film made from 14 dreams, with the text scratched directly into the emulsion.
Gently Down the Stream can be described about as easily as you can hold on to a handful of water….Suffice it to say that Friedrich has an artist’s instinctive sense of film–she expresses herself in it with a freedom and rightness that strike the viewer immediately. When the last image leaves the screen, you may not be able to say what you’ve seen, but you know what you’ve felt.” Stuart Klawans, THE NATION