About

This trailer from Kara Herold’s 2008 short film titledBachelorette, 34graphically depicts the drama that ensues when Kara’s mother sets out to find a husband for her daughter. The clip overviews the various plans Kara’s mother has to achieve this goal and the advice she gives to her daughter, while hinting that Kara may have different goals in mind. The clip illustrates the pressures felt by a young woman attempting to negotiate traditional ideas about marriage and family.

Discussion

This clip demonstrates Kara’s mother’s traditional values toward marriage, as well as her worry over Kara remaining single. In what ways do you think these traditional ideas about marriage might still be prevalent in our society?

How might traditional notions of marriage be limiting to women (and men)?