After watching this film, I was left confused and wondering what I should be left with after it ended. Self Made is a film with a bizarre take on how women from conflicting cultures deal with the craziness of everyday life.
After a mix-up at a border checkpoint, an Israeli and Palestinian woman accidently switch lives with one another. Michal is a feminist artist from Jerusalem who loses her memory when her bed breaks. Nadine is a Palestinian woman whose job is to place screws in plastic bags in a furniture factory. When Michal orders a new bed from the same factory and is missing a screw, she complains and the manager has Nadine fired from her job. The two women both seem unsatisfied with their lives and without direction. In a weird twist of events, Michal and Nadine end up in the same holding cell before a guard gets them confused and sets Nadine free. The two live each other’s lives on opposite sides of the border, while no one notices. It begins to seem like they may actually be more comfortable living out one another’s fates.
Honestly, it was a confusing film on many levels, leaving the audience with different questions and theories on the film’s meaning itself. My guess it’s a story about the weak grasp we have on our own identities.