Few short films accurately depict the lossless and isolation of being a twenty something female. Crazy like me follows Audrey, played by Carrie Finklea who is depressed and facing a quarter life crisis. She stumbles from one daily task to the next without passion or meaning. When she goes to receive counselling she is given a course of medication and a patronising stare from behind a notebook. Funnily enough this doesn’t make Audrey feel much better.
Although there isn’t a great deal that happens within this narrative this acts as a metaphor in itself, how Audrey’s life becomes meandering, how the compilation of shots within the film is a collection of dull, repetitive moments in Audrey’s life. But this is an art in itself and director and writer Leah McKissock does it very well. She masterfully encapsulates this feeling whilst keeping her viewer’s interested. Hats off.
Parts of the film ring truer than other. The conversation Audrey has with her sister when her sister announces her pregnancy is incredibly realistic. Audrey confesses how she feels trapped but is met with accusations about how she has forgotten their mother’s birthday. Everyone living in their other plastic bubbles, she fails to see this as anything more than her selfish, self absorbed sister. Audrey throws her phone into the sea.
Audrey is an interesting character. She doesn’t fit the cliche image of depression. She isn’t in bed under duvets crying to herself. In fact, it’s the opposite. She works at a diner, has sex with the man she is seeing who is fifteen years her senior and even goes running. This is an uncommon form of depression that we rarely see documented, shedding light on a taboo subject for both genders. What makes this short a multiple award winning piece is the craft and care the director treats this delicate subject. McKissock’s artistry is unveiled though the subtlety of her work. She creates a mood, an atmosphere and a sense of realism that is typically hard to accomplish in such a short space of time.