*Online Premiere* A portrait of a young woman who exudes affection but isn’t sure where to put it. She’s in a rut with a longtime boyfriend and desperately seeks change. A hilarious lead performance by Bridey Elliot, who previously starred in Fort Tilden (Winner of the SXSW Grand Jury prize in 2014), leads this awkwardly funny character study about tedium and longing.
Whomever she comes into contact with, the conversation turns intimate very quickly. It’s not long before she’s flirting with the cable guy asking him where he went to grade school and getting handsy. In her fantasies, her man cooks an amazing meal and doesn’t say how he did it, while her real-life boyfriend goes on and on about every last mundane detail of how he cooked the shrimp and rice. The lack of mystery is killing her. When her hairstylist suggests cheating may be the only way to test her true feelings, she takes it to heart and goes in search of such.
Bridey’s unusual charm elevates the story. She’s completely unpredictable, equally capable of deadpan one-liners and jittery rambles. She never says the right thing but always punctuates with a smirk, acknowledging how difficult it is to say something socially acceptable when all you can think to say is something strange and overly revealing. Elliott also writes and directs — impressively her first film. 16 minutes. Produced by Sarah Winshall. Official Selection: Sundance, Maryland, IFF Boston, Atlanta, Sarasota, etc.