This is a haunting, non-linear narrative depicting a psychological engagement between a mother and her daughter. Through experimental techniques, the audience glimpses the everyday actions and inactions of these two women, who seem physically confined to their house. Conversations between them are few and far between and spoken only in text, as silence and sounds dominate the dark atmosphere. As various troubling scenes unfold, it becomes evident that the protagonists struggle with departure, loss, intimacy, and betrayal.
Comparable to a modern day "Miss Havisham," the mother drifts around the house alone, pondering the past or performing cryptic actions. She remains nameless. Also alone and nameless, the child makes scarce appearances, suggesting she is either a ghostly figure or a little girl. Mother and daughter never occupy the same frame. Scorned by the rejection of an absent male, the mother often quarrels to herself about him and the haunting visions of her dead husband. The daughter, contentious from abuse and neglect, grapples with the choice to either abandon her mother and face the external world alone, or to continuously exist in the existential space to which she belongs.
Duration: 45 minutes
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Director: Jaime Lee Loy,
Bury Your Mother (named after her short story published in the Trinidad Noir anthology)