The present is a biodiversity sequel of types to “Green Porno,” the theatrical lecture she tailored from her captivatingly odd Sundance Channel collection of movie shorts, through which a surreally costumed Rossellini would act out the mating habits of bees, say, or earthworms, relating scientific details with dramatic hilarity.
“Sex and Consequences,” which alternates dwell efficiency with shorts each previous and new, is about genetic inheritance and social evolution, filtered by absurdity and abetted by playful design. The sheep will make an look, so preserve your eyes peeled for Garbo, the shy, noticed one. Rossellini’s canine Morsi, who was billed as Pan in her 2018 stage piece “Link Link Circus,” — and who seems to be an incorrigible chaser of chickens — grabs a little bit of highlight right here, too.
And Rossellini, who’s 68 and has a grasp’s diploma in animal conduct and conservation from Hunter College, will as soon as once more don the costume she calls “my naked suit,” which she wore fleetingly in “Link Link.” It’s like a cheerful cartoon model of an unclothed feminine kind.
Magid, the director, is finest referred to as a founding father of the juggling comedy troupe the Flying Karamazov Brothers. To him, the lethal critical subject beneath the humor of “Sex and Consequences” is what he sees as Rossellini’s actual curiosity, “the very essence of life itself.”
“What she’s playing with,” he mentioned later, by cellphone, “is everybody’s narrow vision of what sex is, and what is appropriate sex. She really blows out of the water all the different ways that nature has found to make life continue to regenerate.”
‘Because I was a beauty’
A curious factor about Rossellini, the daughter of well-known mother and father — her mom was the Swedish movie star Ingrid Bergman, her father the Italian neorealist director Roberto Rossellini — is that what she grew to become well-known for herself was not what she had initially hoped to do.
“I always wanted to make films about animals, and I always looked at David Attenborough, National Geographic,” she mentioned. “I wrote to them, you know, when I was 19, 20, 21. I wrote to all of them saying, ‘I would like a job. Can I work? Can I apprentice?’”