What do you need to be, to be really funny? Stand-up comedienne Carmen Lynch knows what it takes. As she wanders from make-up mirror to performance stage, via Portland’s woozy streets and an all-night grocery store, we’re given an intimate insight into a talented individual. The city’s saturated lights and dying, showbiz neon become Carmen’s passing backdrop. She confronts herself - her looks, her dreams, the weird rituals of mating in the modern world - by confronting her audiences. Sometimes they laugh with her. Sometimes they don’t laugh at all.

Carmen has a loose, voyeuristic, improvisational mood that reflects Sevigny’s interest, “in making a short-film about process, being a woman, celebrity and ego.

It’s about the love of the craft, the love of the art, the repetition of it.” The script developed by Carmen Lynch first writing her own stand-up material and then Sevigny building intuitively around that. “The film captures a lot of who I am,” says Lynch. “When you’re on the road, being alone doesn’t even feel like being alone anymore. A lot of us comedians are introverts, observing and listening.”

Carmen, by Chloë Sevigny, is the 13th commission from Miu Miu Women’s Tales, the short-film series by women who critically celebrate femininity in the 21st century.

Photos by Brigitte Lacombe

Women's Tales archive

1

"The Powder Room" 
Women's Tales #1

by Zoe Cassavetes

2

"Muta"
Women's Tales #2

by Lucrecia Martel

3

"The Woman Dress"
Women's Tales #3

by Giada Colagrande

4

"It's Getting Late"
Women's Tales #4

by Massy Tadjedin

5

"The Door"
Women's Tales #5

by Ava DuVernay

6

"Le donne della Vucciria"
Women's Tales #6

by Hiam Abbass

7

"Spark and Light"
Women's Tales #7

by So Yong Kim

8

"Somebody"
Women's Tales #8

by Miranda July

9

"De Djess"
Women's Tales #9

by Alice Rohrwacher

10

"Les 3 Boutons"
Women's Tales #10

by Agnès Varda

11

"Seed"
Women's Tales #11

directed by Naomi Kawase

12

"That One Day"
Women's Tales #12

directed by Crystal Moselle