Can You Live? This Film Tells You How
Ever feel like you don't belong and you're fully aware that there's something making you different from the rest? Well, same. You're definitely not alone.
In fact, perhaps we're all odd on our own way and that's something we all share in common. It's perhaps just that other people are so good at hiding their weirdness from the world than you can.
Here's a story of a girl somewhat just like you.
Carrie Pilby, a 19-year old genius, a year out of Harvard, four years ahead of her peers, living in New York City, is surely someone with a unique quirkiness that you could somehow relate to. Burdened with an overactive moral compass and self-consciously aware of her uncommon intellect, in a city full of people she considers oversexed, deceitful hypocrites, Carrie finds herself isolated, friendless, dateless and unemployed.
To coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist, Dr. Petrov, makes a list of goals she is to achieve between Thanksgiving and the end of the year:
- Go on a date.
- Make a friend.
- Spend New Year's Eve with someone.
- Get a pet.
- Do something you loved as a child
- Read favorite book.
At first Carrie resists, but when her goal-oriented prodigy brain kicks in, she embraces the task with a vengeance. She has the time, anyway.
As she tackles each item on the list, Carrie begins to make new friends: Tara and Doug at the law office where she works the graveyard shift proofreading legal briefs in a job reluctantly arranged by her dad; Cy, her didgeridoo-playing neighbor who, like Carrie, is also a prodigy; and the confused, engaged Matt, who thinks he might find clarity about his pending nuptials in the arms of another woman. As Carrie gets to know them, she learns that they are not one-dimensional stereotypes but living, breathing, complex human beings. Carrie begins to understand that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their “covers”.
Watch how Pioneer Films showcase how Bel Powley plays Carrie Pilby on the silverscreen this coming March 29. Maybe you can take a few tips from her and be inspired to create your own list!