Gattaca: Power, Potency, Possibility
Maria Chiara Gianolla

What can a body do? What is its autonomy and its potential? What is its relationship with freedom, identity, nature, life and power? How is it possible to rule a body and how does the body oppose power? Can a human being be reduced to his/her body? The analysis of Gattaca (A. Niccol, 1995) starts from these questions. The movie shows that the body, even if it is programmed and controlled throughout its entire course from potency to the act, opposes power and it is able to go beyond the limits imposed in order to explore what is possible. There is a reference to the contemporary philosophical reflection on humans and their potential (Nietzsche, Foucault, Agamben).