A surreal drama where it follows Hana-Mae – trapped in a job, apartment and life she hates. Finding it difficult to form any friendships at her job, she is reluctant to accept an invite to hang out with her co-worker, Marcus. She changes her mind, and finds out he’s with other people. Impulsively, Hana-Mae makes a pass at him but is rejected by him and accidentally throws up on him.
Hana-Mae drives across the country to her an old friend, Arielle – whom she hasn’t seen in several months. Arriving at her doorstep, Arielle is frustrated over her unexpected appearance. However, soon all is forgotten as they fall back into the rhythm of their friendship as they reminisce over old times. Upon the arrival of Vincent, Arielle’s boyfriend, everything changes as Hana-Mae attempts to compete with him for Arielle’s attention and affections. It becomes apparent though, that Vincent is more than Arielle’s boyfriend, with Hana-Mae feeling betrayed she sets out to break them up and to show Arielle she deserves better. Once Arielle realises what her friend was doing she cuts her out of her life and forces her to leave.
Back home, Hana-Mae goes back to her soul-sucking job and with Arielle ignoring all her messages, calls and emails she feels more alone than ever.
Reality VS. Fantasy
Isolation – depression
Destruction – self-harm, manipulation
Young adults (18-35) who feel stuck in their lives and don’t know how to move forward or what they want. To those women who’ve had strong friendships, but grow apart for numerous reasons.
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