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The Roots of You

A psychological thriller with a poignant underbelly.
4/5

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Directed by Jes Gislason, from a script by Audrey L’Ebrellec and Jacqueline Berces, ‘The Roots of You’ is a short psychological thriller that delves into one woman’s guilt over the deaths of her sister and parents. Audrey L’Ebrellec leads the cast as Elsa, who is forced to confront her past during occurring nightmares. Jacqueline Berces co-stars as Rose – Elsa’s deceased sister whom she holds responsible for the tragic events five years ago.

The 20-minute narrative opens with a black and white dream sequence, where Elsa visits Rose in a decrepit jail cell. During their tense exchanges, hostility and condemnation intensifies as Rose probes Elsa’s distorted recollection of the truth. The nightmare unravels Elsa’s personal guilt and psychological trauma as she is forced to accept responsibility. Themes of grief, loss and mental health are rife throughout the entire narrative.

Under Jes Gislason’s artful direction, the short is well crafted with stellar cinematography and lighting by Will Austin. Despite the sinister tone of the haunting tale, the film is finely balanced with poignant scenes that expose character vulnerability, culpability and sorrow. Audrey L’Ebrellec and Jacqueline Berces, who also crafted the screenplay, deliver compelling performances throughout that is certain to keep viewers on tenterhooks. A gripping tale with a tragic underbelly. An unmissable watch. Highly recommended.
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The Roots of You

A psychological thriller with a poignant underbelly.
4/5

Review

Directed by Jes Gislason, from a script by Audrey L’Ebrellec and Jacqueline Berces, ‘The Roots of You’ is a short psychological thriller that delves into one woman’s guilt over the deaths of her sister and parents. Audrey L’Ebrellec leads the cast as Elsa, who is forced to confront her past during occurring nightmares. Jacqueline Berces co-stars as Rose – Elsa’s deceased sister whom she holds responsible for the tragic events five years ago.

The 20-minute narrative opens with a black and white dream sequence, where Elsa visits Rose in a decrepit jail cell. During their tense exchanges, hostility and condemnation intensifies as Rose probes Elsa’s distorted recollection of the truth. The nightmare unravels Elsa’s personal guilt and psychological trauma as she is forced to accept responsibility. Themes of grief, loss and mental health are rife throughout the entire narrative.

Under Jes Gislason’s artful direction, the short is well crafted with stellar cinematography and lighting by Will Austin. Despite the sinister tone of the haunting tale, the film is finely balanced with poignant scenes that expose character vulnerability, culpability and sorrow. Audrey L’Ebrellec and Jacqueline Berces, who also crafted the screenplay, deliver compelling performances throughout that is certain to keep viewers on tenterhooks. A gripping tale with a tragic underbelly. An unmissable watch. Highly recommended.
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