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Alicja has no memory and doesn’t know how she has lost
it. During two years of living in this condition, she has
managed to build her new, independent self away from
home. She doesn’t want to remember who she was before.
So, when her family finally finds her, she’s suddenly forced
to fit into the roles of mother, daughter and a wife, and
relate to people who are now complete strangers to Alicja.
Similarly, her husband has managed to patch a new life
back together, because in a way, the former Alicja was
“dead” to both him and to their son.
Fugue poses a question: What would happen, if it was me?
If given an opportunity to reinvent myself, what would I do?
Is love for a child unconditional if, with losing our memory,
we also lose our attachment to others? Can a person ever
regain the feelings that were lost together with the
memories? Fugue also deals with the cultural taboos
around maternity. It looks at the social pressure to accept
and desire motherhood unconditionally, just by means
of physiology. But does the biological capacity of giving
birth mean that every woman is supposed to be willing to
become a mother?