*Online Premiere* The story of a couple on their first day living together. As they move in, ghosts from the past interrupt. “Houseplants,” from director Prashanth Kamalakanthan, is an elliptical drama that glimpses into the private life of Alma and Ron, a struggling couple on a vulnerable day. The state of their relationship is in question. Over time, your partner changes and you change too, says Ron as he unloads boxes from the moving truck, “so the question is: who are you in love with?” Perhaps meant as a general philosophical question, we can’t help but apply the inquiry, and indeed there does seem to be shaky foundation here, particularly as the day progresses and Ron starts to slip away with visions of the past, exacerbated by heavy drinking. The effect is reached with feeling and flow over the expository, and the film benefits from a tremendously compelling cast, including Zazie Beetz, David Rysdahl, Sophie Traub and Lio Mehiel. With its hazy stylistic flashes and indeterminate movements through time and relationships, the film registers as a mysterious tone poem, evocative and fleeting, and boosted by beautiful 16mm visuals courtesy of Jomo Fray, one of the most best young D.P.’s working in the current low-budget sphere. (See also: “Get Out Fast” and “Modern Love”). [Watch on YouTube]. (10 minutes). Written, Directed, and Edited by Prashanth Kamalakanthan. Produced by Ernest Gold and Ria Tobaccowala. D.P. Jomo Fray. Production Designer: Ntokoze Kunene. Costume Designer: Jessica Harrison.