The white posters from Miguel Sapochnik's 2010 film Repo Men go against repeated medical advice across the Anglophone world by telling us to 'drink irresponsibly' and 'have the cheeseburger'. Health worries have vanished in this imagined future where antiforg technology has resulted in almost miraculous human organ replacement advancements. Current issues, such as immunological rejection, life-long immunosuppression and organ shortages, have been eradicated by unexplained technological innovations. The small print at the end of these posters reads: 'Repossession of antiforgs may be performed at lessor's discretion. The Union is not at fault for any and all resulting injuries or fatalities related to antiforg repossession.' The utopian solution to the so-called problems of organ transplantation are framed from the start of the film by the repo man Remy – played by Jude Law – slicing into a still breathing man to retrieve a mechanical liver for which this soon-to-be-dead man (because he is killed by Remy as a result of the liver removal) has not kept up the necessary payments. As Remy turns on Rosemary Clooney's 1960 version of Sway, the audience witnesses the gruesome reality of this upbeat, utopian-eqsue world: failing to keep up the payments will result in a painful death where one's organs, or more accurately what is the technological property of the Union, are torn out and returned to their rightful owner.
|Title of host publication||Entangled Bodies|
|Subtitle of host publication||Art, Identity and Intercorporeality|
|Place of Publication||Malaga, Spain|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 14 May 2021|
- organ transplantation
- contemporary film