Synopsis: Desperate to recall the memory of his dead wife, a financial advisor turns to hypnosis as a means to reshape the past.
88 min




Oh, oh, oh.

You have six new messages.

North, it's Beth.

I heard what happened.

I'm so sorry.

This call is for Mr.

North Maxfield.

This is a courtesy call

regarding your mortgage

with us here.

Ginny, hi. It's

Joan from Willow fitness.

Hey, it's Beth.

I'm not sure if this will help,

but here's the number

of the doctor

you and Carl discussed.

Her name is

Dr. Sarah Carson, 405...

North, it's mom.

I'm here at the airport.

I wish you would

come home with us.

If you change your mind...

Does it work?



Who you're working

with and what you do with it.

I've had a lot of success

with people who are open to it.


What brought you to me?

My wife was

murdered a month ago.

The police say they'll probably

never catch whoever did it.

I woke up in the hospital.

I'm sorry to hear that.

But not her, she was gone.

She wasn't there with me.

Are you on any doctor

prescribed medications?

Not anymore.

Why hypnosis?

I remember some things,

they're just gaping holes.

Have you tried

writing this down?

No, thank you.

It's never anything but

bits and pieces anyway.

The truth is in

those bits and pieces.

These used to mean something.

Now they're just reminders

of a job I can't do anymore.

What's that like?

Everything is

jumbled in my head.

Things don't make sense anymore.

I can't remember things.


If I could just see her...

If I could just understand

how it happened...

I think I could put this

All back together.

There are many different

techniques for hypnosis.

Some are like

guided meditations,

or are conscious

of everything around you.

What I do

is deep trance hypnosis.

I lead you into your

subconscious with an intention,

and there we reconnect

the memories.

How does it sound?

If it helps me remember,

I'm game.

You may experience

a sensation of lightness,

you may feel you're floating,

out of body experience.

Is that still okay?

- Sure.

- Good.

Let's begin.

Study my hand.

Hear the calmness in my voice.

I want you to concentrate on,

and only on my index finger.

You may hear

the sounds in the room,

but none of that matters

as you focus

on the sound of my voice.

Watch... as the other

fingers fall away.


As I count down,

five, four,

three, two, one.

Don't try to find

a memory All at once.

Remember a piece,

an element...

Of your wife...

And your life together.

Find your own

internal guide and follow it.

Where would you

like to go today?



Can you hear

the sound of my voice?

It worked.

You were under

about sixteen minutes.

It only felt like moments.

It's a different world there.

People are different,

time is different.

This memory is a piece.

You build on that.

Can I come back?

Of course.

Morning, Beth.

Keep your head down,

Carl is on the warpath.

Alan, hi.

Hey, how's your wife?

I'm sorry to hear that.


Right, right,

I just wanted to check in

about what we had talked

about six months ago, I just...

No, no, no. I understand, I

hear what you're saying and...

and I don't think you need to move

this account. I really don't.

I want you to feel like

you can completely

trust me again.

Ah, I'm better, I really

am, I mean, I'm back.

That's why I wanted

to call you today.

So, here is what's going on.

Yes, I did have a head injury,

I got your "thank you" card,

I really appreciate it.

I'm back two hundred percent.

Trust me, if You'll just

have a little faith in me,

just have a little...

An ounce of faith in me,

which I know you find hard.

I get it, I get that

you're worried about me,

I get that you're

worried about, you know,

where we're going,

I promise you,

twenty-five percent.

I hear you,

I need you to reconsider.

I just, I need you

to think about this,

I mean, I, just

listen to me, okay,

I know what I'm talking about.

Thank you, Mr. Wong.

Ah, yeah.

- How you feeling?

- I'm doing fine, doing fine.

Listen, I wanted to

talk to you about...

We're taking a different route,

we got some new ideas,

some emerging markets.

Look, let's have lunch?

I just don't

think that's a good idea.

- Hey, no, no, no. Wait, wait.

- No.

Albert, how's Hollywood?

Yeah, I know.

You can't do this to me

Albert, I mean...

Hey man, it's Carl,

call me back.

Three, two, one.


My wife.

This was the night.

I died shortly after this.

What happens after this?

Are you sure you're

ready to remember?


What was different this time?

When I'm under, it's real.

- I'm with her.

- But it's not real.

She's not really there.

You need to let her go.

I can't let go. She

says I'm not ready yet.

It's your mind that's not ready.

You need to be out,

talking, meeting people...

Not isolating yourself.

Sometimes letting go of someone

is how you find the answers.

If I let go,

she'll be gone forever.

So, what's it like?

It's amazing.

It's like a dream you

don't want to wake up from.

How did you get into it?

My wife died.

Oh, I'm so sorry.

It's a long story,

but it's the only way

I can still

feel close to her again.


How'd she die?

- I don't know.

- You don't know?

I mean, she was shot.

That's terrible.

I just don't remember

a lot from that night.

Hmm, maybe next time you're

under you could ask her.

Guess I never

thought about that.

- I should get going.

- Is it something I said?

No, you seem like

a really nice guy,

but you're still married.

That's not what I was...

I wasn't...

I wasn't trying to...

All right.

How are things at work?

Work is getting

harder and harder.

There's a lot of pressure there.

My boss...

The guy who runs our

department is riding me hard

because of my memory issues.

We really haven't

talked about these issues.

Why don't we discuss

those next time?

I'm going to be late for work.


I can't make you

feel or do anything.

You don't lose your free will,

you're always awake,

always aware,

and always in control.

Watch, as the other

fingers fade away.


The count down...

Five, four, three,

two, one.



I know I was wrong, I'm sorry.

I was overwhelmed.


No, I mean, I wasn't...

I wasn't thinking.

No sh*t!

Who put you up to this?

- No one.

- You're lying, I know you.

You might have

gone along with it,

but you wouldn't have

done it on your own.

I can get out of this.

Did you think about me;

About what it would do to us?

I did this for us!

Ginny, please...

As much as you want

to keep seeing me,

you know where this goes.

I don't see you here

like this anymore.

You're going to have

to remember on your own.

She's going to wake me up...

Please don't leave,

stay with me.

You're going to come out, now.

How long was I out?

Fifty-seven minutes.

She was there with me at home.

It was after dinner

the night she was killed.

You didn't make it home

that night.

I tried to change it.

Hypnosis is a bridge

between our conscious

and our subconscious.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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