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An unflinching dive into a man’s mental anguish.
5/5

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Hezreel Robertson’s profoundly unsettling short drama, co-written with Cedric Robertson, delves into the turbulent mental state of a man (Jonathan Berry), grappling with extreme grief, guilt, loss, and shame, culminating in a real-time exploration of his suicide attempt. Berry’s performance takes center stage, delivering an unbelievably powerful portrayal that is both awe-inspiring and profoundly distressing.

Set in real time, the film unfolds as Neal contemplates his life, regrets, and the overwhelming sadness he experiences. This deeply unsettling exploration of suicide and mental health startles viewers with its raw and self-deprecating narrative. The film’s intimate nature is accentuated by long continuous takes, effectively conveying the profound emotional pain of the character.

Despite taking place entirely in one location, one room, and featuring a single onscreen character, the film’s stripped-back approach proves to be a powerful storytelling choice. The remarkable cinematography, sound design, and post-production contribute to the overall impact of this hard-hitting exploration of mental health.

While highly recommended for its compelling portrayal, viewers are advised to approach with caution due to the shocking subject matter, making it a challenging yet essential watch.

Brief Synopsis

Forlorning is a suicide awareness film which tells the story of Neal Bateman, an African American who is suffering from a mental illness called complicated grief. In the film, we follow his deteriorating mental state as he prepares to take his own life.
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Credits

Director(s): Hezreel Robertson
Writer(s): Cedric Robertson, Hezreel Robertson
Cast: Jonathan Berry, Katheryn Woodman, Rayna Anderson
Producer(s): Pricilla Robertson, Rita Gregory, Tony C. Reese
Director of Photography: Hezreel Robertson
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Runtime: 15 min

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Forlorning

An unflinching dive into a man’s mental anguish.
5/5

Review

Hezreel Robertson’s profoundly unsettling short drama, co-written with Cedric Robertson, delves into the turbulent mental state of a man (Jonathan Berry), grappling with extreme grief, guilt, loss, and shame, culminating in a real-time exploration of his suicide attempt. Berry’s performance takes center stage, delivering an unbelievably powerful portrayal that is both awe-inspiring and profoundly distressing.

Set in real time, the film unfolds as Neal contemplates his life, regrets, and the overwhelming sadness he experiences. This deeply unsettling exploration of suicide and mental health startles viewers with its raw and self-deprecating narrative. The film’s intimate nature is accentuated by long continuous takes, effectively conveying the profound emotional pain of the character.

Despite taking place entirely in one location, one room, and featuring a single onscreen character, the film’s stripped-back approach proves to be a powerful storytelling choice. The remarkable cinematography, sound design, and post-production contribute to the overall impact of this hard-hitting exploration of mental health.

While highly recommended for its compelling portrayal, viewers are advised to approach with caution due to the shocking subject matter, making it a challenging yet essential watch.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Forlorning is a suicide awareness film which tells the story of Neal Bateman, an African American who is suffering from a mental illness called complicated grief. In the film, we follow his deteriorating mental state as he prepares to take his own life.
Forlorning Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Hezreel Robertson
Writer(s): Cedric Robertson, Hezreel Robertson
Cast: Jonathan Berry, Katheryn Woodman, Rayna Anderson
Producer(s): Pricilla Robertson, Rita Gregory, Tony C. Reese
Director of Photography: Hezreel Robertson
Animation:

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Country:
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Year:
Runtime: 15 min
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