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“Sometimes I Think About Dying” is a dry and awkward romance that sometimes has moments of sweetness but is often tiresome to watch.
|Screenplay By||Kevin Armento, Stefanie Abel Horowitz, Katy Wright Mead|
|Based On||The Play “Killers” by Kevin Armento|
|Date Released (Film Festival – Sundance Film Festival 2023)||1/24/2023|
|Genre(s)||Comedy, Romance, Young Adult|
|Duration||1 Hour and 33 Minutes|
|Content Rating||Not Rated|
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Fran lives an uneventful and rather isolated life. She has no friends, barely knows her co-workers, and doesn’t even have so much as a pet or plant. In some ways, it seems she may prefer this, as she grew up in a very quiet part of town, so it makes the conversations, parties, and noises of her co-workers rather foreign. However, when a new employee, Robert, joins and engages Fran, so comes the need to question if she may be missing out and the life she has lived thus far could be better.
Things To Note
Why Is “Sometimes I Think About Dying” Rated Not Rated
- Dialog: A handful of course words
- Violence: None
- Sexual Content: None
- Miscellaneous: Some drinking
Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.
Fran works at a shipping company, and while it is hard to say whether she enjoys it, she shows up on time, attends meetings, does her work, and doesn’t make a fuss. But, with her life being without any real stimulation, sometimes she daydreams about dying and disappearing. As there just doesn’t seem to be anything worth living for.
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Fresh from Seattle but originally from Canada, Robert is new to the company and quickly makes a good impression, for he is quite comical. Though, he also, at times, is annoying since it seems his gift of gab got him the job more than his actual skillset.
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Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)
Moments When You See Fran Open Up
What will bring you back from almost drifting off to sleep is when Fran lights up or becomes curious, especially regarding Robert. For the way Fran is written and performed, it is like watching an old car try to turn over. A lot of the time, you just get that discouraging noise, but when things are a go! Oh, it is wonderful to see Fran go on a date, kiss, and even be social since she seems far more capable of it than she, or you would think she is.
A Lot Of Nothing Happens
If I didn’t pay to watch this, I probably would have stopped watching early on. Nothing happens within the first twenty minutes of “Sometimes I Think About Dying.” All that is established is the lack of stimulation, the lack of hobbies, just a lot of nothing going on in Fran’s life. And throughout the film, even though Robert, and later others, help invigorate the film, whenever Fran doesn’t get to revolve around Robert, it goes right back to that terrible place of being duller than already dried paint.