*Online Premiere* When two flailing artists encounter a mute and battered woman on the side of the road, they’re forced to address the state of their own relationship. “Damsel,” directed by Samantha Carroll, is an incisive drama about a disaffected young couple surrounded by personal and societal dilemmas. Mallory and Caleb attend their friend’s art show and can’t help but roll their eyes at the Instagram-able “weirdness” on display. Driving home, they almost run into a woman standing in the street, bloodied and bewildered. Their decision to take her home starts as a simple gesture of concern, but soon they’re cornered into reckoning with questions of moral responsibility and personal fulfillment. Perfectly attuned to millennial attitudes, particularly those self aware, exceedingly educated creatives trying to stay within ethical boundaries teetering between woke (Caleb to the silent woman: “Do you speak English?”; Mallory, offended by the question: “That’s racist!”) and problematic (Mallory: “Was it just me, or was everyone there ugly, like physically ugly?”), it’s a complicated picture treated with both cynicism and empathy. Carroll has quickly established herself as a piercing young voice, operating from a clear-headed distance but also with an insider’s authority — her previous short, “Toxic” pulled off a similar feat — and here she takes another confident stride, raising a number of salient questions concerning the lengths of our morality, female objectification, and so-called progressive relationships. [Watch on YouTube]. (10 minutes). Writer/Director: Samantha Carroll. Starring Nina Kramer, Elijah Guess, and Ani Tatintsyan. DP: Jackie Domi. Producer: Emily Hogan. Production Designer: Safwat Nazzal. Editor: Akshay Arora.