By interviewing nine women speaking about their breasts, Murphy’s film addresses a multitude of psycho-social issues regarding women and American culture.
The women share their pain, confusion, discoveries, realizations, and healing. Their words are a doorway to issues of beauty, femininity, self-esteem, sexuality, sensuality, feminism, abuse, cultural oppression, and cancer.
The film is relevant to women, of course, yet the more teenage and adult males who see the the Breast Archives, the greater its social impact. I would have found more compassion and empathy had I seen this movie as a teenager.
Murphy’s personal story in making the film is also moving. Here is the link to her story.