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Natasha Lyonne is an overly attached mum in Kenzo's 'The Realest Real'

Laura Harrier and Rowan Blanchard also star in the surreal plot

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 14 Sep 2016

Video: Kenzo

Kenzo's new short film, titled The Realest Real was directed by Carrie Brownstein and was inspired by the Autumn Winter 2016 collection. The film offers a "surreal look at the invisible digital walls that separate us from our favourite personalities and icons".

The well-dressed main character Abby, played by Laura Harrier, is taken to a mysterious place (or office?) by Rowan Blanchard, where The Minister of Public - Private Relations (Mahershala Ali) tells her that her social media activity was being monitored.

As if that isn't creepy enough, the Minister brings up a comment Abby made ages ago on actress Natasha Lyonne's photo. And because the comment was "MUM", the Minister grants Abby's wish and makes Natasha her mum. It's all fun and games at first until Abby's make-believe mother meets her real one.

"It is about the idea that you can kind of insert yourself into the narrative of someone's life, and into your idol's life through visuals, through songs etc," Carrie said. "To create a cultural dialogue with these subjects. It became about exploring ideas of fantasy and projection, but taking a more absurdist view of that, when fantasy comes slamming into reality. I wanted to explore that could be the end result of idealisation pushed too far."

Related: BTS: Jean-Paul Goude shoots the Kenzo x H&M campaign
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