Extinct Animals – dir. Masaki Soejima

Original Film Title: 絶滅動物(VACATION)

Director’s Name: Masaki Soejima

Writer’s Name: Masaki Soejima

Producer’s Name: AKIHO FURUICHI

Country of Origin: Japan

Country of Filming: Japan

Language: Japanese

Runtime: 1 hour 4 minutes 35 seconds

Film Description:

Set amidst the COVID-19 pandemic during a Zoom conversation between a mother and daughter, Jessie (Sheila Houlahan) tells her mother Thelma (Ellen McLain) that she will commit suicide within the hour. Exploring the concentric circles of isolation, grief, and suicide, this hybrid film based on Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play portrays a poignant and haunting picture of the current state of mental health care in America.

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