Resculpting Venus is a comedy about breast cancer. Filmmaker Julianne Buescher tells her true story with more humor, less sap.
The film opens to the voice of young Kate who explains (over Monty Python-esque animation) that as a 3rd generation cancer survivor, it's time to share her story. And although she's fairly sure how she wants to deal with the situation, everyone else's "good intentions" turn her journey into a twisted trip through "cancer faux-pas land"...making her struggle with family and friends far more daunting than the cancer itself.
Kate deals with her diagnosis by playfully triggering a "Fart Machine" as the doctor tries to get through his well-rehearsed speech. Her innocence and playfulness will be her defense and comfort against the unthinkable...THE BOYFRIEND.
Upon hearing the news of Kate's decision to have both breasts removed, her boyfriend has a request. He presents her with a matchbook...sporting a nude girl by a pool with HUGE breasts. "When you get yourself rebuilt, will you consider these?" he asks. Kate's response is to sit in her parked car...alone...engine running...talking about making the pain drift away. Is this the end? Kate smirks and throws the top down on her brand new Miata. Being single never felt so good!
Throughout the film Kate continually realizes that at each step of her illness and treatment, she is ultimately alone, AND ULTIMATELY IN CHARGE!. Without breasts, without ovaries, without hair, without family and friends...everything she thought to be her blossoming womanhood is stripped away. But each step reveals the strength, power, and hope of the beautiful woman she has become. And in a sweetly tearful bathroom scene, she and her mom embrace and Kate gently realizes who she is after all...the daughter of warriors.
Now best friends, Mom thinks she's won out as Kate gets a new wig, only to have Kate toss it from the convertible...choosing to go boldly bald. "You always had to be the different one", Mom sighs, as they head into the canyon.
Kate talks to the audience one last time, as she lands from skydiving...celebrating 2 years since her surgery. "It's definitely the most powerful experience I've ever had"...she says. "So was surviving cancer". Her t-shirt reads "100% ME"...and there's no doubt this girl can take on anything! Until her new boyfriend says something so surreal...well...you'll just have to watch the movie to find out!