Endings, Beginnings – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes
After breaking up with Adrian and quitting her job, Daphne is moving into her sister, Billy’s, pool house. Daphne’s friends tell her she needs to take a sabbatical from dating and figure out what she wants in life. Daphne feels she missed her 20s experiences. Experiences like joining the peace corp and new cultures. She wants to do them now. Billy has a New Years party that Daphne is invited to by default. During the party, Daphne walks away to be alone and she is found by Frank. He bums a cigarette and enters her suffer zone. She makes him take several steps back to avoid feeling devastated by her zone. Moments later, Daphne sees Jack. Jack is a writer and a friend of Billy’s. Jack and Daphne ring in the new year with a conversation. The next morning Frank sends her a Spotify playlist called “Music to Suffer To”. She loves the playlist but doesn’t know how Frank got her number. At her job, Jack walks in and asks her out on a date. Jack tells her he got her number from Billy. They laugh and connect over art, cigarettes, expectations, and the future. During their conversation, Frank texts. He wants to see her. She ignores the message. The next morning, she gets flowers and cigarettes. She assumes they are from Jack but they’re not. She decides to meet Frank at a local bar. He accuses her of trying to make him jealous. They sit and talk about the danger of their passion. He doesn’t want to hurt his friend, Jack, and she doesn’t want to be a wedge in their friendship. But their words come crashing down when they spend the night together. The next morning, she leaves Frank on the floor and heads home. She gets a text from Jack. Frank told Jack they went on a date last night. Jack says he cool with it. Daphne text them both goodbye. Frank says goodbye but Jack believes they have something special and wants to see her again. She meets Jack at his place and they eat. He warns her that Frank is unreliable, volatile, and messy. Jack says Frank’s last girlfriend drowned in him. Jack and Daphne spend the night together. Her dating sabbatical is officially over. Now, Daphne is stuck between two different but broken men. When her past collides with her present, it will leave a roller coaster of emotions for her future.
As you watch Daphne relive her breakup in the beginning, you only see the end. Never the cause of the breakup. As she lives her life over the year, you see why things slowly unhinged in her relationship with Adrian and her job. She goes back and forth between the two men with the realization that she doesn’t feel right alone. She describes Frank and Jack as two people who give different sides of what she needs. With Jack, she feels taken care of. With Frank, she can take care of someone else. Both men allow her to take the focus off herself. and her plight. It’s easy to see how one would be better for her. But remember, he stated he doesn’t believe marriage is right for him. The other doesn’t discuss marriage at all. The end will leave you with one burning question and fantasies to come. While part of Daphne’s life ends, it brings a beginning.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
That’s because you’re in my suffer zone – Daphne
I don’t know why you’re doing this – Adrian
She’s really wonderful but I don’t really believe the sincerity of how really wonderful she is – Billy
U suffering yet – Frank
If we spend more time together, one of us will die – Jack