Daphne (31) is a real cynic when it comes to love, imprisoned in an existential vacuum. Armed with statements by philosopher Slavoj Žižek, she sharply and successfully fends off any form of emotional approach. Apparently aimlessly, she roams around her far-from-exciting life: working in a hip restaurant, grumbling at her sick mother, casual sex and lots of drink, which she uses to keep the increasingly urgent questions of life and emotion that plague her at bay. Then a dramatic event suddenly changes her from a spectator into a participant, and her remorseless armour bursts open.
In this subdued drama, with a touch of black humour, the camera follows Daphne (Emily Beecham) closely, capturing the subtle emotions of this recalcitrant, potty-mouthed yet vulnerable thirty-something and the nuances of the undefined yet familiar world around her.

Filmmaker
Peter Mackie Burns
Premiere
World premiere
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
English
Producer
Valentina Brazzini, Tristan Goligher
Production Company
The Bureau
Sales
The Bureau Sales
Writer
Nico Mensinga
Cinematography
Adam Scarth
Editor
Nick Emerson
Production Design
Miren Marañón
Sound Design
Joakim Sundström
Cast
Emily Beecham, Geraldine James, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Nathaniel Martello-White, Osy Ikhile, Sinead Matthews