New technology raises new ethical dilemmas. One of these dilemmas is brought to a head in the Austrian film ‘The Third Option’. What do you do if a prenatal scan reveals that your child does not live up to modern society’s expectations of normality? A painful question that an increasing number of people have to ask themselves. A woman and a man soberly introduce us to their own experiences from an invisible position outside the image’s sharply framed window on Western normative reality. The perfectly composed images and subtle controversy could be signed by Jacques Tati and Harun Farocki, but Thomas Fürhaupter is pursuing a different mission in his impressive first film, which opens with the memorable line: ‘We screwed until we could screw no more, and in the autumn I became pregnant.’
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