Marco Berger: Homoaffectivity through Cinematic Queered Continuums

  • William Daniel Holcombe


The Argentinian film director Marco Berger’s (b. 1977) films are arguably more erotic than current mainstream queer cinema. The director composes intense mise-en-scène homoaffective potentialities that build in intensity but are never consummated. This technique perpetually engages both protagonists and viewers in homoerotic potential, visually akin to “edging” or “Venus Butterflying” sexual practices that control orgasm. Berger signals homoerotic potentiality through visual and auditory signs, inverting their referents, and transforming scenes into perceived safe zones in which spectators experience homoerotic fantasy without a normalizing heterosexual gaze. Within this queered continuum, in which any spectator can employ a homoaffective gaze, jouissance is postponed and intensified through coitus reservatus, creating ongoing potential homoerotic fantasy by what is not yet present in the scene. Building upon works by Tim Dean and Todd McGowan that link queer theory with Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytical theory of l’objet petit a, this chapter reveals how Berger edges the viewer into a queered gaze through what is yet to come.


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  • William Daniel Holcombe
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  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUS

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