The whole life of this village was concentrated in one shop. To the saleswoman Tatiana go for chicken, vodka and medicines; go to learn news, bask, ask for money, complain, celebrate holidays. All roads lead to the "Products".
In Precious Products we are subtly reminded of this country’s obsession with consumerism and narcissism. George, with his ever-present video-8 camera, attends an opening of Precious Products—an exhibition of artworks satirizing art as commodity. He leaves the art world of San Francisco to spend a Christmas holiday with friends in their opulent home. Ironically, this is the home of a celebrity (another kind of commodity), Russian defector/ballerina Natalia Makanova. Surrounded by all the luxuries of life and Makanova’s image, George muses about death. Panning over a dressing table laden with products, he focuses on a People magazine and comments, 'We are precious products, all of us.'
Tiny parasols sprout up like fungi across a beautiful wooded landscape in this hybrid stop motion/timelapse short film.