It can take sacrifice to embrace who you are or who you might be. A surprising discovery challenges a couple to question the foundation of their relationship.
My co-writer Emily Claire Utley and I wanted to make a film that explored a co-dependent relationship in a way that we hadn't seen on screen before. The Dress You Have On, at its core, is about a couple who has lost themselves in co-dependency. Though the circumstances are unique, the experience of losing individual identity in a relationship is common. Sometimes, we stay in relationships because we're afraid we won't be able to find love elsewhere. Sometimes, we don't realize that the strength of the relationship has come at the cost of personal growth. This film explores the sacrifice it can take to embrace who you are or who you might be. The Dress You Have On invites the audience to feel what it's like to love someone deeply and still feel like it's crucial to walk away.
Filmmaker Courtney Hope Therond demonstrates her ability with dialogue, the two women becoming progressively more open about how they’re feeling, the stakes high but never feeling melodramatic. There are many “ideas” of a break up we see on screen, but here, it feels loving, honest and holds a mirror up to anyone who’s lost themselves in another person. It’s also shot in a tiny, tiny bedroom and 4:3, that choice adding to the claustrophobia of their codependence.
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