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Feeling underappreciated, a depressive artist (Mark Baranowski) one day
sits down in his bathtub, takes a few pills ... and kills himself.
His wife's (Ryli Morgan, Mark Baranowski's real life wife) ways to cope
with her husband's death get more and more bizarre. First she watches some
home movies of them doing it and starts to masturbate, then she glues one
of her hubby's phadshots onto a ragdoll and has it sleep with her in her
bed, only to in a fit of rage because he has left her throw the doll away,
eventually she even has a strange seance ... but ultimately she sits down
in the very same bathtub he found his end and slits her wrists ...
For a no-budget independent short, Despair is quite unusual:
it's a very moody piece of film, relying on atmosphere rather than on
action, and on bizarre, almost surreal setpieces rather than in-your-face
effects, all accompanied by very little dialogue (off-screen monologue
mostly actually) and a musical score that always hits the right chord. And
somehow it really works too. One just wishes Mark Baranowski would have
had a little higher budget to afford a better camera and better lighting
to give the film the bit of gloss it would have deserved ...