‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ both Confounds and Enlightens

Through the efforts of his wife and co-director Valeria Sarmiento, the final film of the late Chilean filmmaker Raoul Ruiz has finally made it to the public. The Wandering Soap Opera (in Spanish, La telenovela errante) presents Chilean life as an ensemble of soap operas, exploring their tropes while infusing each scene with its own thread of nonsensical consciousness. Watching proved to be a confusing yet highly amusing journey that gave me a long look inside the mind of a great filmmaker. (RMM: 4/5)

Review by FF2 Associate Roza M. Melkumyan





Q: Does The Wandering Soap Opera pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test? 


With all the nonsensical conversation that this film features, it does include a scene where women discuss their pasts as schoolmates. Although I should note that however much the conversation wanders, it does begin and end on the subject of men.

Tags: FF2 Media, Raúl Ruiz, Roza Melkumyan, The Wandering Soap Opera, Valeria Sarmiento

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As a member of the FF2 Media team, Roza writes features and reviews and coaches other associates and interns. She joined the team as an intern herself during her third year of study at New York University. There she individualized her major and studied narrative through a cultural lens and in the mediums of literature, theatre, and film. At school, Roza studied abroad in Florence and London, worked as a Resident Assistant, and workshopped a play she wrote and co-directed. Since graduating, she spent six months in Spain teaching English and practicing her Spanish. Most recently, she spent a year in Armenia teaching university English as a Fulbright scholar. Her love of film has only grown over the years, and she is dedicated to providing the space necessary for female filmmakers to prosper.
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