Endless Sea (2023) Short Film Review
In Sam Shainberglive-action short film Infinite sea, it’s safe to say that things aren’t going to end well in this horrible version of modern Valentine’s Day. It has nothing to do with love, dinners, dates or gifts. It’s the exact opposite of that. Solitude is only one way to do this. In those 20 minutes, in harsh reality, we failed as a civilized society and forgot about those who need us the most.
Infinite sea The (too short) story of Carol, a 70-year-old woman trying to survive the pace of a city like New York. He manages to do it. Every day seems like a different mission to overcome. He delivers flowers and accepts a $5 tip from customers in Manhattan. He recycles tin cans and is desperate to find other ways to earn money in a sea full of young people who surely could be better workers.
The problem is simple. His heart medication has doubled and the Medicare line is always busy. He tries to find a solution with his doctor, but it goes nowhere. The Social Security Administration is no help either. What will Carol do to take the pills she desperately needs at the end of the day?
The direction of the film is divisive. It can be seen as a revolutionary solution to a world-wide conflict, but nothing so desperate can be subsumed under the reflective aspect of a voluntary act. Carol pretends there’s no tomorrow because maybe there isn’t for her. That’s why using her figure as a subject becomes a risky move for Shainberg, whose only goal is to give voice to those who experience it every day. Yes, even those who couldn’t survive the system make great appearances in this beautiful short film about survival in a modern society.
She plays Carol Brenda Cullerton. The writer/comedian’s debut as an actor is fantastic. Yet another reason why Shaimberg’s play works on an emotional level without even hinting at unnecessary humor. The most powerful scene in the movie is when Carol decides to do something she wouldn’t have done if she wasn’t desperate. I’m not talking about the pivotal final scene. I mean Carol’s admirable reaching out to her daughter.
We don’t know about Carol’s past. But his face and his family’s rejection reveal something shameful that has torn the family apart without any chance of healing. Love isn’t enough to heal the wound, as Carol’s daughter chooses not to speak, instead sending her partner to tell her she has no intention of helping. Yes, they understand that you are asking for money and that is all they see. A junkie’s plea.
However, if you look at Carol’s story, make no mistake. It is not dependent, because the story objectively moves away from it. He is desperate for a substance that will save his life. But only today. What will happen tomorrow when he is forced to become a monster in today’s society that doesn’t care enough about the elderly to save them from oblivion?