In this paper the author reflects on the creative process of her film Her Voice (2012) and describes how its sensory imagery generates an alternative image of woman, beyond the clichés encountered in classical narrative cinema. Finding one’s voice as a woman here refers to the process of identification at stake in the coming into being of woman. More specifically, it is argued that the experienced body image that is evoked in Her Voice is first, inspired by female stereotypes as displayed by icons such as Hildegard von Bingen, Lola Montez and Betty Boop and second, at the same time, through the body memories of both the author and the interpreter (L. Gruwez, the actress), these stereotypes are being dismantled.
This comment on Werner Herzog’s film “Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle” (1974) deals with the enigma of Kasper Hauser’s origins, with the precarious status of the body and with his introduction into language. This is related to the problem of becoming a subject. The question arises as to what in this becoming constitutes the first and necessary anchoring point: what is the necessary condition for becoming a human subject?