The Trouble with Being Born

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Image from the film, that was widely shared on social media, making it an early example of "normalization" hysteria

The Trouble with Being Born is a 2020 science fiction drama film directed and co-written by Sandra Wollner. An international co-production of Austria and Germany, the film depicts an android (Lena Watson) living with a man (Dominik Warta) as a replicant in place of his young daughter who had disappeared years prior.

On its premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the film garnered controversy for its depiction of a relationship between a man and a 10-year-old child, albeit an android, that also resembles his daughter.

The Melbourne International Film Festival decided to not screen the film at its 2020 festival, citing concerns raised by two forensic psychologists that it might "[normalise] sexual interest in children" and be "used as a source of arousal for men interested in child abuse material".[1] The decision to remove the film from the festival line-up was denounced by film critics Peter Krausz, Tom Ryan and David Stratton.[2]