Traveling to the US to meet American futurist Jacque Fresco, Borg wants to understand better how society and expectation for the future informed her now broken relationship with the more worldly, experienced actress, Nadva Cazan. A personal narrative delivered by Borg in a delicate mix of Swedish and Scottish lilt (which in its way reminds of Werner Herzog’s fragile voiceovers), the constant stream of thoughts shared are not necessarily unique. But they are maybe what a young woman in her first foray into the deeper issues of the planet may ask – some do convey as narcissistic or naive – but this is Borg’s own memoir of a journey she takes herself.
Intercut with surreal black and white footage representing memories of her intense and somewhat co-dependent relationship with Cazan – always dressed in a burqa – Borg attempts to compare situations in their life as a couple with society’s approach to their lesbian romance. But here, the fact that the relationship is between two women is not the overriding theme. This is not just a gay love story, although it absolutely could be – the all-consuming romance Borg seemed to feel for Cazan can hardly be ignored and does inform certainly parts of the work she has created almost subconsciously.
She first stays at the Venus Project in Venus, Florida where Fresco, now in his last years of life, lives on a plot of land built with all the requirements for a peaceful and prosperous life away from politics and money. It’s all very idealistic. Borg hitch hikes, and meets a man who works in the same area collecting debt and foreclosing people’s properties. He seems sure that this idea of a life without poverty and debt is not a realistic one because people are greedy and will want what they can’t attain by nature.
Cinematically the film takes chances – footage of the world seen through Fresco’s eyes when he was a much younger man is mixed with grainy black and white and landscaped color. As a documentary maker myself, I appreciated this and felt it added a good amount of texture to Borg’s audio thoughts running a thread across this patchwork, mixed with a tango-esque piano/violin/accordion soundtrack.
Carrying onto investigate technocracy, at Technocracy Inc., with wonderful old educational Super 8 movies, she speaks with members of the organization who believe technology will provide the new Eden, uncovering some fascinating figures about consumption and work in this imagined future society.
And then a trip to follow Fresco to Hollywood, the supposed land of dreams – set against streets of broken hope, as her relationship’s history takes a drastic turn, Borg’s own experience seems to illustrate further the naivety and lack of vision these ideas of a new future seem to have in practice. As Borg looks at science coming into play that may take destiny and power from her hands, she also questions her then lack of powerlessness and uselessness, as she too becomes a spare part in her own relationship with Cazan.
What becomes truly apparent is that for all these ideas, nobody is really doing anything but talk in theory about the future as some kind of dream, because maybe they realize that nothing is going to change – this is the present, and the future is always just that – an unattainable place that is never reached, much like Borg’s love for Cazan. Fresco says, “There is no final frontier. That is why there can be no utopia.”