THE LOVELY REJECTS

A CRIME LOVE STORY

 

JUDY PHU

Earned her MFA in Directing at UCLA. 

 

DIRECTOR's STATEMENT

This story explores how the unreasonably expensive, overcomplicated, regressive American healthcare system profoundly affects the American odyssey. Joey and Cat's treatments helped improve and prolong their lives, but have left their families bankrupt. As young adults already surviving illnesses, their attempts at forging identities and discovering life without feeling incarcerated by debt and healthcare policies is troubled, oppressive. Cat and Joey's connected search for freedom provides a warm blanket--love, a necessary distraction from their fears and anxieties. I wanted to create a story unfettered by genre and time, full of explosive feelings, reminiscent of a fever dream or being in love for the first time. Time is surreal. This notion inspired a dreamy visual storytelling approach that radicalizes memory and hope.

THE LOVELY REJECTS is my first narrative feature. It is stylistically inspired by the early films of Gus Van Sant, Lynne Ramsay and Wong Kar-Wai. Their works are expressions of nostalgia. I wanted to go back in time with The Lovely Rejects; I especially wanted to visualize trauma - the emotional and physical and human kind. The self inflicted kind. What if your own body turns against you? This is a trauma that forces its way under your skin, into your heart whether you want it there or not. Cat relentlessly recounts the past as her journey develops and unfolds in editorial order. The mechanics of time is an obsession for my characters – there is no stopping real time. Yet the present moment can always become dominated by the past. We can always relive our memories. We can go back in time, in a way, and we can live ahead of time, when we imagine the future; this is the spirit of THE LOVELY REJECTS. 

 

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