Charlie, a bubbly queer artist, heads into a new year surrounded by her closest friends. But her plans for carefree fun are dashed when she is suddenly confronted with a health crisis. Not wanting to burden those she loves with her news, Charlie lies repeatedly to cover up the severity of her situation. With no easy cures at hand, Charlie turns to her medical doctor - Dr. Simone - and chooses to secretly pursue a renegade solution for her illness. As Charlie's feelings for her best friend Mara grow stronger, the two women are both forced to confront the painful truths they have been avoiding.
I managed to catch this film when it screened at CIFF late last year. While it seems that the director, Emily Schooley, is often known for her work in horror this was a surprisingly pleasant turn from her usual fare.
Overall the film has a very European feel to it, in terms of pacing and the type of shots used. It is ultimately a love story between two women and the way Schooley unfolds their individual struggles is raw and compelling to watch. The film is most certainly written for intelligent cinephiles with a twist ending that is subtlely set up early on but very easy to miss.
I would really love to see this film get wider distribution and be sure to check it out if it screens at a festival near you.
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