sometimes I Think About Dying | Review by: Benjamin Garrett
Sometimes I Think About Dying is a melancholic fairytale, pairing existential dread with an awkward budding romance. It contrasts a mundane existence against the permanent escape of death, resulting in something a little more thought provoking than it first seems.
Daisy Ridley plays Fran, a socially awkward office worker whose only source of excitement comes from the creeping thoughts of death crossing her mind throughout the day. When she’s introduced to a new coworker, though, she begins to experience thoughts other than her own demise. The plot follows their newfound companionship, as Fran navigates unfamiliar feelings that derail her morbid imagination.
This film could easily be taken at face value, as a dark but quirky workplace romance story, but there’s quite a bit happening subtly under the surface. It’s a thoughtful but intentionally understated exploration of loneliness, companionship and the importance of connections we make in our lives. Whether it’s a romantic interest, or a coworker you see on a daily basis, those interactions play a huge role in our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s also quite funny, which brings a balance of lightness to what might have felt too dry and heavy otherwise.
The small coastal town is a perfect place for this story to unfold. Often overcast and lacking vibrancy, the setting mirrors Fran’s disposition towards her own existence. Although the film is shot in a way that evokes the unexciting tone, it’s actually quite beautiful looking. Long lingering shots of empty streets and foggy fields really immerse you in the mood the film is trying to establish. The score is a major highlight as well, often feeling as if it’s pulled from an old fashioned fairytale.
Sometimes I Think About Dying is a gloomy yet hopeful exploration of essential human connection. It’s nonchalant, unhurried approach to storytelling may be too dry for some, but that doesn’t take away from its profoundly meaningful message.
Review by: Benjamin Garrett
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