*This film is no longer available on NoBudge (5/18/16). Poetic slow cinema about a young woman struggling to maintain well-being amid modern life. An austere meditation, thoughtfully fragmented, concerning alternative rural lives and the justifications we make in search of meaning.
We follow the woman through a series of small-scale interactions, and we sense her struggle vividly. She’s training as a doula, unpaid for the moment to the worriment of her mother, and she lives with her boyfriend but isn’t ready for children. Bitter about the expectations of the world, she manages her frustrations by staying in nature, and by surrounding herself with quiet, reflective friends.
Directed by Oren Cantrell, the film is carefully constructed with elegant images -- the patient rhythm allows space to contemplate. Spiritual yearning leads into chanted tones, but everything is built around a nicely captured hyper-naturalism that adds millennial specificity to the reach toward timelessness. (12 minutes)