Synopsis: Tess is a teenage girl diagnosed with identity disorder, however that may not be the problem after all. Lucy, a teenage girl who's in the same town, and around the same age. The unlikely pair meet in a way that so few people actually understand, and usually misinterpret.
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Sonny Mallhi
Production: Anguish Film
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

so dad's gonna bring pizza home.



Don't call me that.

What would you

like me to call you?


It's more adult.


So, Lucinda, huh?


You know,

it wasn't that long ago you'd have me

Climb into bed with you

when you had a nightmare.

whatever. I was four.

I, uh,

I need to ask you something.

What is it?

So, there's this camping trip

And everyone's going.

That's not a question.

Can I go?

Isn't it a little cold

to go camping?

We're staying in a cabin.

Are there gonna be any parents?


Are there gonna be boys?


Morgan's going.

That's of very little comfort.

Please, mom?

Sorry, Lucy.

I just don't think it's a good idea.

This is not fair.

Yeah, and...

if your aunt had a mustache,

she'd be your uncle.

I f***ing hate it

when you say that.

You're not going.

And you talk to me like that again,

You're not going anywhere

for a very long time.

You have to trust

I'm just looking out for you.

Okay, Lucy?

- Lucinda...

- I'm walking home.

Luck, come on.



so, the wind blew for days

in so many ways

you were buried in clout

but now,

it's left you alone

you're drenched

to the bone

but you're safe now


the gales

had died

and your clothes

will dry

your questions

drifted away...




What'd you think?

This is different.

you bring your skateboard?

- It's your skateboard.

- It's yours now.


She shouldn't skate around here.

There aren't any sidewalks.

tell your mom not

to be such a fuddy duddy.

Don't be such a fuddy duddy.

is she shaking her head?


Have you been playing

those cords I taught you?

A little bit.

The strings hurt my fingers.

The skin will get harder

the more you play,

Then you won't feel anything.


We'll practice together

when I come home.

When will you come home?


so I'm gonna

be coming home late from work.

just like the last job.


I double-Checked

with the principal,

And she still thinks you should

start after winter break.


you'll get a fresh start.

you took your pill, right?


you have to

take your pill everyday,

- And you get that, right?

- I know.

come here, boy!


Father Meyers.


This is Tess.

Short for Theresa.

Please don't call me that.

- Tess.

- Sorry.

I'll make

sure to say a prayer for...

thank you, father.

- Tess?

- Thank you.




haven't see you here in a while.

Is there anything

we can do for you?

No. Thank you.

Did you have a bad dream?

hey, this is Lucy's

phone. I'm not here right now.

Leave a message,

and I might get back to you.

what're you gonna do today?




Remember what Dr. Petty said?

Always make eye contact.

I stood alone

and watched you go

my crying voice

was out of range

and as I stood

with none beside me

I felt the seasons in me


and a part of me

has lost my mother

and a part of me

has lost a child

and part of me

will rise from my roots

at least not

for a little while

I think of you

when I walk this city

and I'll hold you more

than time to time

and even though

it's such a pity

can't make myself

just leave these behind

anxiety, depression,

Disruptive behavior disorder,


She's been in and out

of hospitals...

On different medications

practically her whole life.

I remember the first time.

She was five.

She was sitting in a corner

All hunched up and...

and just knocking her head

against the wall...

Over and over.

And we were so young

when we had her.

At her age now, actually.


tried so hard.

I've made so many mistakes.

Abut then i... I think

She's good now.

It looks like

you've done well, Jessica.

She seems like a teenager.

Tess, come in for dinner.

All right.

You want this door open or closed?

It doesn't matter.

What're you doing?

Just looking.

it's freezing out here.

you and I together

you're the jewel

in my crown

you and I forever

what goes up

must come down

and you go north

till it's south

and you come back around

I could never leave you

no matter if I tried

and if you ever ran

I'd retrieve you

to keep you satisfied

and you can't run,

and you can't hide

but I'll love you

till I die

What're you singing?


I just make it up as I go along.

Pierre asked if you were

coming on the camping trip.

I'd have to buy a new swimsuit

that hides my scar.

Oh, screw that.

Your scar's cool.

Peter says

it's like a badass tattoo.

So wait.

Does that mean your mom said yes?


You haven't even asked her yet,

- Have you?

- No, not yet.

Sarah's cool.

She'll say yes.

- "Sarah's cool"?

- Cooler than my mom.

- Yeah.

Morgan, that's not hard -

Don't talk about my mom, b*tch.

Sarah gets it.

She's, like, worldly.

- "Worldly"?

- Yeah.


Come on.

Your grandparents are missionaries.

They didn't stick around long.

And all she ever did

was end of back here.

She's never gonna let me go.

Well, tell her I'm going.

That'll make her happy.


Just ask her, you wuss.

Can I help you?

Alrighty, then.

I used to have a necklace

just like that once.

How come nobody

ever comes in here?

Excuse me.

I'm always across the street.

Nobody ever comes in.

No one reads books anymore.

I like them.

I do, too.

I just wish

we weren't the only ones.

If your aunt had a mustache,

she'd be your uncle.

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Sonny Mallhi

Sonny Mallhi (born May 5, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film producer, writer, and director. His directorial debut film Anguish was released in 2015. His next two films, Family Blood and Hurt (both produced by Blumhouse Productions) was released in 2018. more…

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