Stranger (2014) – By Misty Layne

Jeremiah Kipp has once again turned in a wholly unique, intense and startlingly beautiful film in his latest, Stranger. Another of Kipp’s shorts, the movie features a single actress and is an intriguing and interesting commentary on the state of depression and its effects. The film follows our girl from subway train to the streets and finally into her own home all the while making it obvious that she believes she’s being followed. She takes a bath and we can see the fear and loneliness and despair radiating off of her. Later we see her in bed, unable to sleep and staring at the clock till the wee hours, as we’ve all done at one point or another in our lives. She finally gets up to get a cup of tea or milk or coffee and then we have our last beautiful shot of her reflection in the large butcher knife that she’s holding and it’s only then that we realize we’ve been holding our breaths this entire time.

The film is exquisitely shot, as are all of Kipp’s works, and each respective shot shows us another aspect of this woman’s depression. While we have the feeling she believes she’s being followed, it isn’t till later on that we realize that it’s herself she’s running from. There is no script, no dialogue so it’s up to the actress to make the film and she does so beautifully, emotions scarred across her face. As someone who has suffered from depression, I have high praise for this film that so eloquently captures the emotional state and complications of this oft misunderstood disease.

To learn more about Jeremiah and his work, head on over to his website.