Anton gets confused when he visits Thea at home the first time. They recently had great sex. But now it seems weird that Paula is also hanging out half naked at the apartment and that she knows all about that night with Thea. What does she mean with "Geh Vau", he asks. "Fucking," answers Paula. When he´s ready to head out for a concert of the feminist punk band Schapka Thea would prefer to stay at home with the handsome young man.
Marie Luise Lehner is not only a director and author of two novels, she is also a member of the Viennese band Schapka that provides the music for Geh Vau – alongside the equally determined feminist band Aivery. The political orientation of the film is revealed in narrative tricks, such as Anton´s boring small talk about how they first got to know each other, drowned out by the loud noise of a coffee grinder. The protagonists try out different gender roles and speak openly about dreams and lust. This is how consent and trust works, how enchantment happens and couples are established, how desire and intimacy is negotiated and put into words. Without being didactic, Geh Vau proves to be a naturally effortless object lesson on gender utopia in everyday life. The film is both explicit and gentle from the start, hefty and playful. Coolness here does not turn a cold shoulder, it turns to a pile of sex toys.
(Fiona Sara Schmidt)
Translation: Eve Heller
Two women are chatting in the bathroom when a friend enters their flat. One of the two women knows him, the other doesn´t. After he shows up, a short comedy - of misunderstandings, female desire, and uncomfortable situations - begins. (Crossing Europe Film Festival, Catalogue 2019)
Marie Luise Lehner