The house Siddharth bought was a milestone in his life that now has become a grave reminder of his father’s death. ‘The Void’ is a story of the struggles of a grieving Siddharth who lost his father, and it is about his difficulties coping with the loss while living alone in the same house where his father died. The 30min film focuses on his inner conflict, resulting in interaction with the outside world, his emotional trauma, altered routines, conversations, and different perceptions of people and him.
The film revolves around Siddharth obsessively depicting his true self when he is alone and within, expressing his conflict & struggles through performance in his conscious mind. The externalisation of his experiences & thoughts then follows it, an abstract visualisation of recurring flashbacks of his father’s death, his newfound fears of losing his mother & brother & suicidal ideas to escape from all this pain. The film doesn’t always show his suffering; there are times when Siddharth is trying to understand his grief journey and come to terms with the loss of his father. He even tries to engage with the audience by breaking the fourth wall, but his feelings are still unheard, which is a recurring scenario. Most of the time, his friends and family did not understand his feelings without imposing their own perspectives/opinions about grief.
‘The Void’ is an open-ended 30 minutes short film that doesn’t give a ‘resolution’ in a three-act structure but emphasises the coexisting nature of grief with one’s life. Grief is a subject that is impossible to convey in a few minutes or a feature film.
Absence, Beareavement, Grief, Inner conflict, Void