Dreamless

Synopsis

A Bland teenage girl with a distant personality lives life on a grayscale. Unfeeling. Passionless. Empty. But when a Bubbly burst of excitement and imagination tries to befriend her, it seems life may not always have to be… Dreamless.

Review

4/5
A drama that explores mental health and loneliness.
Written and directed by Isaiah Harris, ‘Dreamless’ is a short drama film that explores a young woman’s mundane life. Calli Carroll stars as the central character – a spiritless teenager with no motivation to change. Sophie Harris co-stars as a zestful stranger who attempts to befriend the main character. The film poignantly explores themes of mental health, loneliness and friendship. The short is predominantly filmed in black and white to represent the characters bleak outlook.

The 13-minute film opens with the bland girl’s daily routine. The girl lives in isolation, has zero human interactions and consumes microwavable meals in front of the television. The monotonous lifestyle is interrupted when a neighbouring contemporary sets out to bond a friendship. After the depressed girl repeatedly dismisses her with criticism, an accident occurs which sparks an emotional flame and a catalyst to start a new and brighter life.

Dreamless Short Film
Calli Carroll’s portrayal deserves high praise – a moving performance throughout. The theme of mental health is not over-played, in regards to characterization and the narrative, which allows viewers to empathies and/or resonate with the loneliness and the lack of motivation. Cinematography, sound and editing is of an acceptable standard and delivered in high quality. Isaiah Harris and his cast/crew have delivered a melancholic film, albeit with a charming conclusion. Highly recommended.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Isaiah Harris
Writer(s): Cooper Carroll, Isaiah Harris
Cast: Calli Carroll, Sophie Harris
Producer(s): Isaiah Harris
Director of Photography: Isaiah Harris
Editor(s): Isaiah Harris
Animation:
Sound: Cooper Carroll,Isaiah Harris
Music: Isaiah Harris
Miscellaneous: Calli Carroll,Cooper Carroll,Isaiah Harris

Specifications

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Childhood, Coming-of-age, Death, Depression, Friendship, Grief, Guilt, Heartbreak, Hope, Loneliness, Loss, Relationships
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2022
Published in May 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Isaiah Harris
Writer(s): Cooper Carroll, Isaiah Harris
Cast: Calli Carroll, Sophie Harris
Producer(s): Isaiah Harris
Director of Photography: Isaiah Harris
Editor(s): Isaiah Harris
Animation:
Sound: Cooper Carroll,Isaiah Harris
Music: Isaiah Harris
Miscellaneous: Calli Carroll,Cooper Carroll,Isaiah Harris

Specifcations

Genre: Drama
Subjects: Childhood, Coming-of-age, Death, Depression, Friendship, Grief, Guilt, Heartbreak, Hope, Loneliness, Loss, Relationships
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2022
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Dreamless

Synopsis

A Bland teenage girl with a distant personality lives life on a grayscale. Unfeeling. Passionless. Empty. But when a Bubbly burst of excitement and imagination tries to befriend her, it seems life may not always have to be… Dreamless.

Review

A drama that explores mental health and loneliness.

4/5
Written and directed by Isaiah Harris, ‘Dreamless’ is a short drama film that explores a young woman’s mundane life. Calli Carroll stars as the central character – a spiritless teenager with no motivation to change. Sophie Harris co-stars as a zestful stranger who attempts to befriend the main character. The film poignantly explores themes of mental health, loneliness and friendship. The short is predominantly filmed in black and white to represent the characters bleak outlook.

The 13-minute film opens with the bland girl’s daily routine. The girl lives in isolation, has zero human interactions and consumes microwavable meals in front of the television. The monotonous lifestyle is interrupted when a neighbouring contemporary sets out to bond a friendship. After the depressed girl repeatedly dismisses her with criticism, an accident occurs which sparks an emotional flame and a catalyst to start a new and brighter life.

Dreamless Short Film
Calli Carroll’s portrayal deserves high praise – a moving performance throughout. The theme of mental health is not over-played, in regards to characterization and the narrative, which allows viewers to empathies and/or resonate with the loneliness and the lack of motivation. Cinematography, sound and editing is of an acceptable standard and delivered in high quality. Isaiah Harris and his cast/crew have delivered a melancholic film, albeit with a charming conclusion. Highly recommended.

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