A young woman wistfully ponders her writer’s block by comparing herself to her dog. A lovely short film about self doubt, the way we pine for a more pure existence, say, like our pets.
The writer working on a novel stares at a blank page, and when she can bring herself to type something, anything, she quickly re-reads and dismisses. Her dog, however, could knock out a book in no time, she imagines, “I feel like my dog could write a novel in a week.”
When her therapist suggests an upstate retreat to clear her head, she takes off for quieter pastures, but will this stir her from the clutches of insecurity? Or will she continue to procrastinate by painting pictures of missing dogs?
Filled with charming details and a buoyant pace (editing by NB alum, Connor Hurley), PET THERAPY is a floating mix of tenderness and stylishness layered on top of a relatable anxiety. Short and sweet. Directed by Catherine Orchard. Written by Erika Thormahlen & Catherine Orchard. (7 minutes).