After a loved one falls ill, 25 year old struggling comedian Emily Martin returns to her college town of Austin, Texas and must come to terms with her past while staying with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend.
A woman is sent to a mental institution after stabbing her classmate in an attempt to conjure an evil spirit called, Mercy Black. Fifteen years later she's released, and must save her nephew, who has become obsessed with the phenomenon.
Three families are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.
This sharp-witted dramedy studies a middle-aged NYC theatre actress suddenly forced to figure out the kind of person she wants to portray in real life when her marriage comes to an end after she catches her husband cheating.
A woman struggles to lead a normal life with her OCD. This is the basic premise of this short film, and it is coming from a place of truth since the creator (and lead actor) has based it on his own experiences on growing up with OCD – keeping everything close and personal, it should be noted that the lead actress is his wife in real-life.
I learnt this from the website I saw the film on, and it explained a lot because, really, the strength of the film comes from its sense of realism and connection to the subject. The material doesn't construct an elaborate drama, or overplay any aspect of the OCD, but it has enough of a delicate touch to show us the struggle while also making it stay 'a normal day' for the characters. Similarly, the performances from Mckenna and Close are both strong, natural, and convincing – they don't have 'big' moments, but they have a chemistry and a strong understanding of their characters.
It is a delicate piece, which relies on these strengths and its sense of charm, but it works and I found it to be quite lovely.
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