I Believe in Unicorns

Synopsis: Unicorns tells the story of an awkward teenage girl who escapes to a fantasy world when her first romantic relationship turns increasingly violent.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Leah Meyerhoff
Production: Gravitas Ventures
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
80 min


[Music playing]


[Woman] There's so

much I want to say.

But I don't know where to start.

Today is my birthday.

Today I will learn

how to breathe.

[Camera shutter clicks]

[Camera shutter clicks]

[Camera whirrs]

[Camera shutter clicks]

[Camera shutter clicks]

How was your night?



Okay, I had this dream once

where I saw myself

from inside myself.

And my two selves

were hanging out.

And I--


Uh, no.

A self-portrait should be raw.

It should be naked. It's--

okay, not naked.

Uh, don't bring in naked

pictures of yourselves.

Or if that's how you see

yourself, then bring it in.

But don't tell your

parents I said that.

Uh, so for this assignment,

I want you guys to do

a self-portrait.

I want to see who you are

underneath the baggy clothes,

the piercings, the makeup.

Just let down your guard

and show me who you truly are.

I mean, who are we?

Who am I? Do you guys

know who I am?

- I don't know who I am sometimes.

- [Laughs]

Happy birthday.


I think you're the

only one that noticed.



You see that one?

Yeah. Where?

Um, the one in the vest.

Oh, yeah. A total loser.

I think he's kind of cute.


Whatcha doing there?


Let me see.


Captured my essence perfectly.

My name's Sterling.

Pleased to meet you.

Sterling-- I like it.

What do they call you?


All right, Davina.


This is us.

Cross the park,

make a left at this street,

another left,

and I'll meet you at the corner.


[Camera shutter clicks]





[Man] Pick you up something?

- I don't know, yeah.

- All right, cool.

- All right, let's go. Later, man.

- Later.

Actually I'll catch up

with you later, okay?

- All right.

- All right, cool, dude.



Whew! Whew! Pshh!

[Davina] I could tame you,

break you.

[Sterling] Not a chance.

[Davina] I will spread my wings

and smother you with a

million tiny feathers.

[Sterling] I'll light

your feathers on fire

and watch them turn to ash.

[Davina] I will sweep the ashes

into my hands

and sprinkle them in the ocean.

[Sterling] I'll build a raft

and sail towards

the distant horizon.

[Davina] I will summon the winds

and overtake your raft

with giant waves.

[Sterling] I'll sink

to the ocean floor.

[Davina] So my mom

found out she was sick

around the time that she was

pregnant with me.

I think she thought

that having me

would make my dad stay.

But she was wrong.

He left when I was really little

and I've been taking

care of her ever since.

How about you?

How about me what?

What's the deal with your dad?


he used to hit my mom

and me, so we left.

He's in the army now.

I'm sorry.

No, don't be. I hope he

dies for our country.

[Imitates cocking a gun] Boom!

It's like we're magnets

stuck to the earth.

Does that make the earth

a giant refrigerator?

Yeah, something like that.

That's why my stomach

hurts so much.

[Blows raspberry]

Where do you think you'll be

five years from now?

I don't know.

Anywhere but here.

Yeah, me too.


What are you waiting for?

- Smoke?

- No.

- F*ck you.

- F*ck you, bitch.

You ever done this before?

[Door closes]


There's food on the stove.

I'm not hungry.


[Davina] When I first saw him,

it was like

I was blinded

by the most beautiful light.

Suddenly the world

around me shifted,

like I was watching everything

from deep underwater.

So are you officially

a woman now or--

or what?

Can't you tell?

No way.


It hurt bad.

Just kidding.

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Leah Meyerhoff

Leah Meyerhoff is a Student Academy Award-nominated director, producer and screenwriter. She has received attention as the writer and director of the feature film I Believe in Unicorns starring Natalia Dyer and Peter Vack. Her films have screened in over 200 film festivals worldwide and won over a dozen international awards. more…

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