USA | 7 minutes | 2019
Narrative short film by Dalton Zongshian Lu
Starring Eunice Lee, Victoria Avalon
A new mother is suffering from postpartum depression while her relationship with her wife is falling apart as they struggle to figure it out.
In the United States alone, between 10% to 20% of new mothers experience postpartum depression. A study in 2013 found that 1 in 7 women may experience postpartum depression in the year after giving birth. And in Asian countries alone, that number may be as high as 65% of women, according to a 2011 study. Dalton Zongshian Lu’s Black Cloud is a film that explores this sensitive and very real condition many women face.
Christine (Eunice Lee) is a new mother experiencing postpartum depression, and having a hard time vocalizing it to her wife, Adele (Victoria Avalon). Even a simple task of getting ready to go out is hard for Christine, and Adele struggles to understand why. Black Cloud captures a moment of sadness, exhaustion, confusion, and despair and a relationship that’s hanging on by a thread.
In a very short time, Lu provides us with a snapshot of a woman who feels like she’s on the verge of falling apart. The leads deliver convincing performances, and the cinematography choices work well by give us a glimpse inside the lives of these two characters without being too invasive. The film serves as a reminder to all of us just how strong mothers are, and a little support and consideration can go a long way.
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Director, Writer, Producer: Dalton Zongshian Lu
Co-writer: Nana Frimpong
Cinematographer: Halle Cottle
Editor: Subhro Das
Composer: Brett Bailey
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