Drama, 10 min
Log line: Mourning the loss of a twin is like nothing else.
Some impeccable acting, cinematography, and music gels this piece together…
This was 10 min of unadulterated, raw, and genuine emotion. Did it make me tear up? Did it make me feel the hollowness of losing someone dear to your heart? Did it make me appreciate love, life, and human connection that much more? Yes, yes, and triple yes.
This is a fairly simple story. In Jill Harrigan’s “Half Lost”, Abby gets that dreaded phone call that no one wants to receive, the one that informs you of a death of a loved one. Nikki, Abby’s twin sister, is the one who has suddenly been ripped from Abby’s life and torn her heart in two. Tiana, Abby’s girlfriend, does her best to comfort her other half, but is met with Abby’s hostility, blame, and an unrelenting detachment from the world.
Now before you start thinking—oh, it’s another story about grief and heartbreak. You wouldn’t be wrong, but you would also be entirely remiss to just dismiss it. As much like every life is unique, so is every loss and the way we grieve. The grieving process is a very personal journey that we all do in our own way. It could be intense or forever on the surface. It could be short-lived or never leave us, it could be delayed, or rip our world apart from the offset. There is no one way to mourn, and I like how this film allows for that. It also shows how the patience, presence, and understanding of a loved one can make all the difference in the world to the mourner.
Some impeccable acting, cinematography, and music gels this piece together. Just like how we can sometimes remember the oddest little things of people we miss, some of the details captured in this film are beautiful to watch. I noticed that in the garage, there is a box labelled ‘fragile’, much like the condition of our hearts; then the way the camera focuses on Abby’s tear-stained eyelashes; the photo of all three women on the bedside table; and the line ‘she was there when it counted’ are just some of the things that really rounded off the story-telling. I loved the authenticity and delicacy with which this story was told. There was no melodrama or misplaced emotions—it all felt very relatable and easy-to-follow. Yes, there were low points in this journey, but it was a very well-guided journey with lessons to be learnt along the way and a return to love and understanding by its conclusion.
All good things do come to an end, but essentially all things good or bad have their beginning and end. I feel what this film does well is highlighting that the death of someone connected to you, such as a twin, can leave you broken, as if ‘Half Lost’. But then it reminds you not to forget the times when that same person, as well as other loved ones around you, made your life that much more complete. This is a message that we should all take to heart—especially in 2020, when our world and community at large are suffering from grief and isolation. Remember that we all enter into this world alone, but we find each other so that we are not lost. Instead we fill each other’s lives with love, laughter, joy, and all good things. This is ultimately why we need each other and should support and protect each other in any way that we can. You can watch Half Lost now on Lesflicks VOD.
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Ping believes in the power of love and kindness, and that "love is love" no matter what shape or form it comes in. She would like to see positive representation for all walks of life in film and media.