Look At Me

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12th April 2020

Can't You See?

On a dark and fateful night in a New York City subway, a young, baseball cap wearing man sits on the steps at the bottom of the platform.

This man isn’t well, he looks white as a ghost and has some kind of white spittle falling from his mouth, but wave after wave of passengers simply walk past him, ignoring him.

All but Hadley Robinson (“Burning (Short)”, “Violets Are Blue (Short)”), a young woman on her way back from yoga. Torn between helping and missing her train, she attempts to see if this young man, Connor Vasile (“Wallace (Short)”, “Boogiemen (Short)”), will respond.

When he doesn’t, Robinson dials 911 and informs them of the situation. The paramedics advise her to stay with him, see if they can get him talking and responding until they get there.

But her train arrives and Robinson doesn’t want to be left stranded, or have to wait a few minutes for the next train, so she hops on the one that arrives, leaving Vasile on his own again.

Meanwhile, a short way down the platform, sits Juliette Alice Gobin (“Irony (Short)”), who sits with her headphones on, writing a massive blog post on her phone about all that is wrong with the world, before Instagramming an ‘inspirational’ quote out to the world.

She is completely oblivious to Vasile’s plight and is as surprised as anyone when he attempts to stand, collapses and a couple of Paramedics run past her to help.

Winding back, we see that Vasile is an immigrant who leaves his parents to go to a party. This party has lots and lots of drinking and Vasile, to fit in, joins in. He is left on the sidewalk looking distinctly worse for wear by a guy who won’t put him in an Uber because he’ll ‘damage his ranking’.

Writer and director Nika Fehmiu obviously has a sharp eye for social interaction, or rather the lack of social interaction, within our society and Look At Me highlights it wonderfully.

On a New York City winter night, the fate of a young intoxicated boy is determined by his brief encounters with strangers

Nika Fehmiu

Nika Fehmiu

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