This week I watched a short directed by Jen McGowan that was beautifully shot and acted. Two women make an unusual connection while waiting for train and this film explores the loneliness and isolation that occurs in the middle of city life.
Lily Knight’s performance as the older woman is a master class for actors. She’s only on camera for 11 minutes but you can feel the entire life she’s lived and she pulls you into this one moment of time with gut-wrenching specificity.
McGowan’s use of light and camera movement on the train station platform is absolutely fantastic and even transcendent at times. McGowan studied acting with David Mamet (probably why she’s able to direct such great performances) and came through USC film school. She’s directed other shorts as well as a feature starring Juliette Lewis. So glad I discovered her; she’s on my short list now of directors to watch.
I found the film so moving and resonant that it made me cry. It’s the perfect short and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/WuabECWOTrw