She Dies Tomorrow
Director: Amy Seimetz
Writer: Amy Seimetz
Cast: Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley, Katie Aselton, Chris Messina, Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Josh Lucas, Adam Wingard, Michelle Rodriguez, Olivia Taylor Dudley
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 20.9.2020
Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) is convinced that she is going to die tomorrow. This knowledge leaves her a mess. When she tries to tell her friend Jane (Jane Adams) about it, Jane seems to get infected by Amy’s knowledge and grows convinced herself that she will die, too. And no matter who they tell about it, the knowledge just spreads, opening emotional abysses.
She Dies Tomorrow takes the age-old question of “what would you do if you knew that you’ll die tomorrow?” and gives a sobering, slightly depressing, but not unrealistic answer. I thought that it was an interesting one, but the film is a little uneven.
It took me a little too long to get into the film and once I was in, I had a hard time getting out of it again because it ended a little too abruptly for me – I would have liked to see the next day, to find out whether they were actually right in their knowledge (although I don’t think that I would have had a problem with either ending – I just would have liked to know).
But I did like the way the film approaches the topic. Our own mortality is something that we conveniently forget for most of our lives. In fact, it is something we need to forget to go about our lives. What if that comfort is not only snatched from us, but the literal deadline is the next day? We all have this idea that we’d use our last day for something important and/or big. Telling everyone we love them, finally doing what we’ve been putting off, getting to the heart of the matter.
She Dies Tomorrow has a very different answer: it tells us that we would be so disturbed and shaken that we wouldn’t be able to do anything much in our shock, and we certainly couldn’t manage to get closer to our loved ones in that state. It’s not a very reassuring answer, but I feel like it’s honest and pretty realistic (as weird as it sounds). And while it is slightly depressing, there is also a comfort in the way the film absolves us from using our last day on earth in any particular, maybe even productive way.
Even if the film didn’t always work for me, I did enjoy that perspective, as I enjoyed several well-known faces in smaller roles. Also, I am very much in love with Kate Lyn Sheil now, so that is something I am definitely taking away from the film too. That, and a compelling feeling of floating.