Yes, God, Yes
In the short film, ‘Yes, God, Yes’, fifteen-year-old Alice has always been a good Catholic. However, when an innocent AOL chat turns unexpectedly racy, she becomes suddenly obsessed with masturbating.
The film starts with Alice (played by Natalia Dyer of Stranger Things), with a bowl of snacks on the computer in her parents’ basement. She plays a word scramble game in an AOL chat room, when a private chat opens up and she gets sent intimate photos of a man and his wife. With trepidation she goes from this to exploring masturbation, all the while confronted with drastic anti-sex messages in school. Some of the most comic scenes occur in class. For example, the priest tells students bizarre things such as “guys are like microwave ovens; ladies are more like conventional ovens”.
Yes, God, Yes is very much made from a female point of view – whether it’s Alice’s curiosity about her teacher’s breasts to the way the masturbation scenes are shot. In the words of Karen Maine, the Director, the film is very “non-porny”. Maine has sated that she didn’t realise she was doing that, in her words: “It’s just a part of who I am, how I see the world. It would have been really weird if I had made it titillating. She’s so young, and it’s so new; it’s meant to be a little comical”.
In little more than 10 minutes, this film gets at the hypocrisy present many religions and adult life in general – the idea that a lot of people don’t practise what they preach. In 2019, a feature film was made using this story.
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Director: Karen Maine