She Dies Tomorrow is a fascinating way to look at how thoughts can be contagious and how evexrything is able to spread. And yes, it feels relevant because of the pandemic, but it would also feel relevant if it came out prior to COVID.
The synopsis for the film is so simple, but it encapsulate everything for the film. Amy (Kate Lyn Shell) think she’s dying tomorrow… and it’s contagious. We find and follow Amy as she seems to have given up on hope, and utterly apathetic as she is both scared of dying tomorrow, but also accepted it. When Amy sees Jane (Jane Adams) for the first time, Amy is walking around with a leaf blower and a glass of wine. It’s here where we get to see the first transference.
To watch it spread and transfer is like watching inception happen. All of the cast does incredible work to watch their eyes and their realization that they are going to die tomorrow. The film does a great representation of how quickly everything can spread and become a pandemic.
Jane goes to her brother Jason’s (Chris Messina) place where he is celebrating his wife Susan’s (Katie Aselton) birthday. Along with them are their friends Brian (Tunde Adebimpe) and Tilly (Jennifer Kim). Jane tells them all that she’s going to die tomorrow, and it’s only a matter of time before it spreads to them.
Here’s the beauty of the film. It’s almost about the way grief or dark thoughts can spread. The way when you’re in a good mood, but someone brings you down, you can end up being almost just as lost as them.
She Dies Tomorrow is a film that feels like so much is lying under the surface that sometimes you find yourself trying to dissect rather than enjoy and appreciate the gorgeous cinematography. Amy Seimetz directed the hell out of the film and handled the tone of the film beautifully. It’s hard to balance almost bizarre absurdity while still eerily question the reality around it all. An important rule in all genre films is too build your reality so the audience agrees and believes what occurs on screen. Everyone’s seen a film where something occurs that doesn’t add up to the film’s world and it’ll immediately pull you out of the film, but that’s not the case with this film. So when Brian and Tilly have their own private arguments the next day and make their own decisions, it’s upsetting, but believeable.
Amy was able to make this film from her pay cheque she received from the better-than-expected Pet Semetary. And because of that, she made the film exactly as she wanted, and on her own terms. And I think that’s the conversation we should be having regarding her film right now.