Omeleto

Frigid

By Joe Kicak | Horror
Exhausted by her newborn, a first-time mother's home becomes a trap as her husband's sinister intentions emerge.

Leah, a young mother caring for her newborn at home. begins to chafe at the confines of her circumscribed life. Exhausted by the constant care of the baby and trapped in an increasingly claustrophobic house, she begins to question her husband Vincent’s love and intentions as a more sinister side to him emerges.

Director Joe Kicak’s atmospheric psychological thriller is a acutely sensitive portrait of a couple in crisis after the birth of their new baby. Marked by superb craftsmanship, a sensitive but tight script and excellent acting, it looks through the eyes of the young mother, offering a uniquely intimate, tumultuous and psychological perspective of a particularly different life transition.

The film’s images and camerawork are superlative, with its moody lighting and eerie movements. But with its psychological themes and subjective point-of-view, it really rests on excellent performances, especially by lead actress Heli Kennedy, who captures the irritation, exhaustion and agitation of a new mother adjusting to her role while still grappling with the expectations of her marriage. Riddled with anxiety, she becomes increasingly angry with her husband and what she perceives as his lack of contribution and understanding.

As the tension ratchets up between the couple, the film’s images, soundtrack and camerawork become even more ominous, shadowy and restless, and the house itself seems more and more haunted and foreboding. The tone subtly shifts, molding itself to the main character’s growing mistrust and paranoia and reflecting the strange moments of disassociation and even blackouts that the Lean experiences at her most challenged, isolated and stressed. The editing becomes more discontinuous, creating a sense of uncertainty over what exactly is and isn’t real.

The result is an increasingly tense narrative that becomes so taut that it threatens to snap with the suspense. The emotions evoked are visceral and heightened, and true to the psychological thriller genre, the film gets hearts racing and pulses pounding as it races to its almost unbearable climax.

But the short is also a deft, powerful portrait of postpartum depression and psychosis, alert and sympathetic to the textures and sounds of a new mother’s reality: the insistent wail of a child just as a mother sits down to rest, the attunement to the baby’s needs at the expense of the mother and the way that exhaustion and severe sleep deprivation can cause disassociation and alienation from the rest of the world. The last moments of “Frigid” may leave audiences gasping in shock and fear up to the very end, but its evocation of postpartum mental illness will linger, well after the last frame.





You Might Also Like:

Souls of Totality ft. Tatiana Maslany

By Richard Raymond | Drama
A love story -- filmed during an actual solar eclipse -- about a looming moment that can change everything.

Garfield

By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.

Night Shift

By Marshall Tyler | Drama
A day in the life of a bathroom attendant in a Los Angeles nightclub.

Partners

By Joey Ally | Romance
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.

Small Arms ft. Tyler Young

By Arman Cole | Drama
A bullied college student seeks out shooting lessons with an ex-militia member to prove his manhood.

Pop Music

By Patrick Muhlberger | Comedy
A man who thinks he's a samurai wants revenge on a DJ for ruining his niece's school dance.

Balance

By Mark Ram | Drama
Two friends climb a mountain, connected by a rope. But when one falls, the other's life hangs in an unstable balance.

Others Will Follow

By Andrew Finch | Sci-Fi
The lone survivor of a failed mission to Mars uses his last moments to transmit a message of hope.

Spoetnik

By Noel Loozen | Comedy
A young man finds himself in between a food-truck and a brothel. Then, he meets his dream girl.

How Was Your Day?

By Damien O’Donnell | Drama
A woman is excited about the approaching birth of her first child. But then, it doesn't match her expectations.

Margo Lily

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Drama
A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.

Long Branch

By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart | Romance
A heartbroken woman finds a one-night stand. But the guy lives two hours away... via public transit.

Ten Thousand Days

By Michael Duignan | Comedy
A man is convinced he'll die on his 10,000th day. But when he meets a girl at his cousin's funeral, things don't go to plan.

Lonely Planet

By Alex Burunova | Romance
A lonely woman travels to Barcelona and meets a tall, dark stranger. Then, he challenges her to live in the moment... with him.

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart ft. Vicky Krieps

By Christoph Rainer | Romance
A hopeless romantic takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But he already has a new girl at his side.


Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening. That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.