‘The Door’: Gabrielle Union, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and Alfre Woodard bond in short fashion film
Some of Black Hollywood’s most celebrated young starlets are featured in The Door, the fifth installment from Italian fashion brand Miu Miu’s “Women’s Tale” short film series.
The film, directed by Ava DuVernay, sees Gabrielle Union as a woman devastated by what seems to be a broken engagement. Her strong female support system encourages her to get her life back on track (in fashionable clothes, of course).
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye and singer-songwriter Goapele portray the women who help her move past the rough patch. Emmy winner Alfre Woodard plays the wise motherly role.
The official synopsis reads:
The Door, by Ava DuVernay, the fifth Miu Miu Women’s Tale, is a celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change. The symbolic centre of The Door is the front entrance of the protagonist’s home. As she opens it to greet a friend in the powerfully framed opening scenes, she is shrouded in an oblique sadness.
“In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves,” explains director DuVernay. “Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are.”
Clothing is also a symbol of renewal, each change of costume charting our heroine’s emergence from a chrysalis of sadness. In the final scenes, she takes off her ring, pulls on long, black leather gloves, and walks, transformed by the emotive power of the clothing, through the door.
Check out behind the scenes footage of the ladies in the clip below.