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A poignant tale of friendship set in a mental health facility.


Eleni Doucas’ short drama film offers a profoundly moving and powerful exploration of resilience and friendship in the face of adversity. Set in a mental health/addiction centre, the film follows the journey of Lucy, portrayed brilliantly by Irene Benitez, and Aidan, played by Omar Pederzoli, as they navigate their haunting pasts and discover solace in one another’s company. With the cruel Dr. Mallory Campbell, captivatingly portrayed by Ashton Clay, as their formidable adversary, the film becomes a compelling study of human strength and the will to survive.

The exceptional cinematography by Portieri creates a visually stunning experience, capturing both the gloom and the eventual brightness of Lucy and Aidan’s shared and personal struggles. Through masterful visual storytelling, Portieri beautifully enhances the emotional depth of the film, immersing the audience into the setting and enhancing the gripping narrative.

The acting in the film is commendable, with Benitez and Pederzoli delivering memorable performances that will deeply resonate with viewers. Both actors expertly portray the complexities of their characters, allowing the audience to immerse themselves in the emotional journey of Lucy and Aidan. Additionally, Ashton Clay’s portrayal of Dr. Mallory Campbell adds a chilling layer of antagonism that further drives the film’s tension and impact.

‘Polaris’ is a testament to the unbreakable spirit within us all and the power of genuine human connections. By shining a light on the struggles of mental health and addiction, the film underscores the importance of empathy and understanding in our society. It serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of places, there is hope, healing, and the potential for brighter tomorrows.

In conclusion, Eleni Doucas’ short drama film is an emotionally resonant and thought-provoking tale. With its compelling performances, impressive cinematography, and profound themes of resilience and friendship, this film is bound to leave a lasting impression on anyone who witnesses Lucy and Aidan’s journey.

Polaris Short Film


Runtime: 17 min

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