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An intimate exploration of grief, resilience, and the universal yearning to be acknowledged.


In Ryan Hughes‘ aptly titled short film ‘Sonder’, the audience is taken on an intimate exploration of the lives and challenges faced by three individuals, portrayed with depth and authenticity by Kennedy Rhoades, Lori Kelley, and Hughes himself. The film’s innovative 3-split narrative weaves together the gripping stories of a grief-stricken father seeking revenge, a woman undergoing physical therapy following a near-paralyzing injury, and a young woman yearning to be acknowledged.

‘Sonder’ distinguishes itself by breaking the fourth wall, notably through Kennedy Rhoades’ character, establishing a direct and poignant connection with the emotional landscapes of the character. The film is a testament to Hughes’ storytelling prowess, with well-crafted shots, seamless editing, and smooth transitions between characters that enhance the narrative’s flow.

Hughes’ ability to delve into the depths of human emotions and challenges creates a powerful and resonant viewing experience. The film’s nuanced portrayal of grief, resilience, and the universal desire for recognition adds layers of complexity, making the drama a compelling and well-executed short film that leaves a lasting impact on its audience.

Sonder Short Film


Runtime: 20 min


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