Death (Melanie Scrofano) introduces herself to Adam (Dylan Taylor) in a coffee shop
Unpublished novelist Adam (Dylan Taylor) tells his girlfriend Tracy (Meghan Heffern) that he plans to fix the plumbing while she is at work. She suggests that he finish his novel instead. Adam whines a bit about not being able to pay half the rent (something Tracy seems totally unconcerned about), and suggests that maybe it’s time to “let the dream die”. Then Tracy goes to work, and Adam heads to the local coffee shop to write. He is met there by Emma , who introduces herself as Death.
Dancing with Death.
Emma (Melanie Scrofano) tells Adam that his time on earth is up, but that he should be happy about it. After his demise (she explains), Tracy will get his novel published and it will become the greatest novel of all time. When Adam remains reluctant to die after learning this, Emma takes an instant liking to him. They spend the rest of the day together, as Emma tries to make sense of why Adam wants so badly to continue living. (Emma claims to only be able to predict what will happen after Adam’s death, and says that she sees what happens before he dies only as a series of choices. The implication is that his influence on the lives of others is made a fixed and immutable thing after his death, because Tracy will have no choice but to get Adam’s novel published.) Continue reading →
Eline Powell and Nico Mirallegro. The birthdays of their characters, Anita and David, are the same as their own (12 April and 26 January). .
Eline Powell‘s first starring role was in ANITA B., a film set in Eastern Europe just after the end of World War II, and based on the semi-autobiographical novel “Quanta stella c’è nel cielo” (How Many Stars In The Sky) by Auschwitz survivor Edith Bruck. ANITA B. deals with a part of history that has seems to have been largely neglected (at least in films), the repatriation of concentration camp survivors. In the opening scene we see Anita being handed into the custody of her uncle’s brother Eli on a snowy day in May.
Eli takes Anita home to his brother’s house in the village of Zvikov, but whenever she tries to talk about what happened to her, she is told (especially by her Aunt Monika) to forget all that and move on, so she spends a lot of time talking to her nephew, who is too young to understand a word she says.
The film begins with a quote from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story “Gimple the Fool“: “Whatever doesn’t really happen is dreamed at night. It happens to one if it doesn’t happen to another, tomorrow if not today, or a century hence if not next year.”Continue reading →
Marissa (Sarah Troyer), shortly before her car crash. Troyer was also Kristen in “Seven Reasons”, Episode 1.13 of THE GOOD DOCTOR on ABC.
Marissa (Sarah Troyer) wrecks her car, and it is possible that the rest of the film is an elaborate explanation of why that happens. For a while, the story seems like a simple love triangle with technological complications. Samantha (Anja Savčić) is a college student who also works as a waitress. She solicits the help of one of the café’s customers (the handsome Mark, played by Levi Meaden) with an essay she’s writing for one of her courses. From what she tells Mark, and from what her professor lectures about, the essay is about applying the concept of the panopticon to the problem of disappearing privacy in the modern world. The essay is curiously relevant to events that later transpire. Continue reading →