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

《化妆间》(The Powder Room)
女人故事 #1

by Zoe Cassavetes

2

木塔(MUTA)
女人故事 #2

由導演盧奎西亞‧馬特爾(LUCRECIA MARTEL)執導 

3

「女性服裝」
女人故事 #3

由Giada Colagrande執導

4

「天色已晚」
女人故事 #4

由 Massy Tadjedin 執導

5

#5 「門」
女人故事 #5

由Ava Du Vernay執導

6

《LE DONNE DELLA VUCCIRIA》
女人故事 #6

由希安‧阿巴斯執導

7

「Spark and Light」
女人故事 #7

by So Yong Kim

8

「Somebody」
女人故事 #8

由Miranda July執導

9

「De Djess」
女人故事 #9

by Alice Rohrwacher

10

"Les 3 Boutons"
女人故事 #10

by Agnès Varda

11

「種子」
女人故事 #11

由河瀨直美導演

12

"That One Day"
女人故事 #12

directed by Crystal Moselle

13

"Carmen"
女人故事 #13

directed by Chloë Sevigny

14

(The [End) of History Illusion]
女人故事 #14

directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall

15

"Hello Apartment"
女人故事 #15

directed by Dakota Fanning