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A tormented woman living alone in her beach house. A dog, her only companion.

10 – 15 | 2014 | Drama | Human Nature | Live-Action | USA

Shot in Indian Beach, North Carolina, this short film by William Kyle Gerardi is dark , sadly disturbing, and realized with remarkable awareness. In just twelve minutes it tells a fragment of life of a woman (Lilly Nelson) who, in the abyss of loneliness, lives in an unregulated manner. She mistreats her own dog, gives squalid appointments for sexual encounters, vomits and cries nervously. She fails, however, to escape this vortex of addiction and self-harm that will also lead her to few episodes of deep humiliation .

A very intense work that does not intend to rhetorically show us the reasons of  her “torment”, the director narrates instead this harrowing story without judgment of any kind. Is it perhaps the end of a relationship? Everything is left very open. There is no light in the life of the protagonist, everything repeats itself cyclically. The nervous and distressing cry, but also liberating, is one of the most dramatic and intense moments of this reflection on loneliness. Only the tenderness of a dog who returns to her after being abandoned might give the warmth she lacks, while she seeks for oblivium through the continuous noise of the waves.

Andreina Di Sanzo

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great food. My motto is: your motto.

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