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Let’s Hope That This Dystopian World Never Becomes Reality

7th February 2022

While abortion is legal in many countries, there are still twenty-six countries where that isn’t the case. Furthermore, even when abortion is allowed, there’s a lot of taboo around it.

Because of this, women are afraid of going through the abortion process or don’t have access to the much-needed information. It can even go so far that women are judged by their friends, family and loved ones, even though it’s their own body.

But what happens if the impact of these stigmatisations become more significant and the abortions laws are reversed? Then you get the dystopian world created by writer/director Marianne Farley (“Saccage”) in Frimas.

This gripping film shows us, in a thrilling, moving and authentic way, that we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to getting rid of the taboos around abortion and that we can’t let our future become the daunting world of Frimas.

Kara (Karine Gonthier-Hyndman) is waiting on the side of the road during an extremely frosty day. She’s nervous, on edge and clinging onto her red scarf. When a meat truck arrives, she willingly steps on it, and you’re wondering why.

Is it to escape from an abusive relationship or get a new life in another country? It turns out that Kara’s pregnant and that she wants an abortion. However, that’s not allowed in her country, and therefore she has to go for an illegal one.

We see her walking through the truck full of meat and ending up in an illegal abortion clinic. After dealing with the mandatory questions, she lays down on the very primitive table that’s probably being used to cut the meat in the truck.

While she’s having her doubts about abortion, it seems her only solution. When the doctor is about to cut, the truck needs to stop, and something unexpected and maybe life-changing happens.

If you’ve seen her previous short film Marguerite, then you know that Farley always makes the powerful performances of the actor shine and this time, it’s no different. We see Gonthier-Hyndman (“Le danger en face”, “Babatoura”) portraying a whole range of emotions beautifully and subtly.

From the nervous woman taking her most significant life decision to the mother-to-be who’s not sure about losing her baby and from the distressful woman who has to face the prejudices to the wife who has kept this a secret from her husband. The quiet moments speak the loudest!

A human story like this needs very authentic and striking cinematography so that the story, characters and emotions feel incredibly relatable. That’s exactly what cinematographer Benoit Beaulieu (“Appiness”, “Sons of God”) brings to Frimas.

Thanks to the close-ups, the beautiful cinematography makes sure that the movie feels extremely human emotional. In addition to those scenes, the long shots show the stunning and snowy locations and you will be drawn into the movie instantly.

This intimate Frimas has been shortlisted for an Academy Award in the ‘Best Live Action Short film’, and the final nominations will be announced on the 8th of February. If this movie becomes one of the last five in that category, it would be incredibly well-deserved. Frimas is an emotional, nuanced and intimate film that makes you think about the taboos around abortion. Therefore this short movie absolutely deserves a U.K. release date soon!

DETAILS

   

DIRECTED BY
Marianne Farley

WRITTEN BY
Marianne Farley

Running Time:
19min

THE QUICK SELL
In the near future, following the adoption of an anti-abortion law, Kara has no other choice but to end her pregnancy, using an illegal abortion clinic.

CAST & CREW
Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Marianne Farley

DETAILS

   

DIRECTED BY
Marianne Farley

WRITTEN BY
Marianne Farley

Running Time:
19min

THE QUICK SELL
In the near future, following the adoption of an anti-abortion law, Kara has no other choice but to end her pregnancy, using an illegal abortion clinic.

CAST & CREW
Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Marianne Farley

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