I and the Stupid Boy is the 22nd commissioned film in Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series. It examines 21st century femininity at the Venice Film Festival.
The Academy Award-nominated Kaouther Ben Hania directed the film. It explores communication within a relationship and follows two people as they attempt to navigate power, femininity, and sexuality.
The Tunisian director said in a statement that he wanted to create an “impossible love story”. “The girl in my story has a very empathic nature, while the boy sees things from his own perspective.”
Nora, played by Oulaya Amamra in France, is dressed in Miu Miu clothing, which plays an important role in the storyline. The film is based on the director’s personal experiences and explores contemporary themes young women can relate to, such as toxic relationships and intimacy, technology, and so forth.
Kaouther says that Nora is a sexy woman who wants to be cool. Her ex Kevin stops her and her clothes don’t help. This is a wonderful paradox. Like lighting and scenery, costumes are powerful tools in cinema.
Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series, which is ongoing, focuses on female directors and the exploration of modern-day femininity and vanity. Stories have explored forbidden love, gender identity and career choices for females.
It premiered at Venice Film Festival along with Shangri-La, the previous Women’s Tales film directed by Isabel Sandoval.