Review
"Sometimes, I think about dying..."
Take2IndieReview | January 9, 2020
SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING – SHORTLISTED FOR A 2020 ACADEMY AWARD

T2IR Rating 4 out of 5 stars

“My World is in a Universe… My Country is in a World… My State is in in a Country… My City is in a State…”

This is how Director/Co-Writer and Producer, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, opens up her Award Winning Short Film SOMETIMES, I THINK ABOUT DYING –¬†Shortlisted for a 2020 Academy Award.

We step into the fragile psyche of Fran – who sometimes thinks about dying.

This thought provoking film on isolation, loneliness, self esteem (or the lack thereof), takes you into a young woman’s mind, body and soul as she struggles with depression and her explicit¬†thoughts on how to end her life.

Fran (Katy Wright-Mead) has a new job – but with people she feels she has nothing in common with.¬† Her life seems to be an example of “existing” rather than “living”.¬† She has no connections with the people around her and appears to be invisible – even to herself.

Enter Robert (Jim Sarbh), an attractive co-worker who takes notice of Fran.¬† “I want to know something particular about you” he states.

Wright-Mead delivers a rich performance.  Her chiseled features carve out every emotion for the audience beautifully Рbringing you into her devastating world.  Sarbh gives an equally layered performance adding an undeniable chemistry and caution between the two.

Stand out Cinematography (Matthew Pothier), Editing (Stephanie Kaznocha) and Score (Savannah Wheeler) add to the telling of this poignant tale.

Horowitz gives us a real time feel with the pacing of the film.  She also gives us a glimpse into the private torture of all those who deal with depression and suicidal thoughts Рon a daily baisis.

The film brings hope – not only through Robert – but through a sharp and brilliant ending.

Horowitz lets the audience choose what the end moment means – for Fran – and for ourselves.