Like so many times before, Sean (40) sits with his so called friends in the separée of a nightclub, when suddenly a mysterious beauty (late 20’s) appears on the edge of the dance floor. Immediately he is smitten and his courtship of Lilly becomes a relentless pursuit. To him, she is the path to happiness, the beginning of a new life free from the legacy of being a second-generation drug dealer.

Sean develops an obsession with Lilly, getting oblivious to any other aspect of life. He brings a drug deal to the brink of collapse and his father’s friend and business partner, Ben, has to rescue him. Sean’s actions become extreme and ill-judged, and his attempts to win Lilly’s attention prove unsuccessful, until he discovers her two weaknesses – cocaine and heroin. Drugs become his ticket to her life, and so he also begins to inject heroin. He dreams about a better life of doing good, and thrives on fantasies of rescuing Lilly and thus himself. But the wounds of her traumatic childhood are still open, thwarting his plans.

And dreams are never greater than the dreamer. Sean himself has plenty of past traumas himself to deal with. Deep inside, there is an eight year old boy refusing to grow up. As he and Lilly sink deeper and deeper into the maelstrom of their intense but destructive relationship, reality begins to blur: When Sean hugs Lilly farewell, she bends down to kiss an eight year old boy. For both of them it is a moment of perfect happiness, a brief respite. Later, when Lilly is asleep, Sean crawls through her vagina into the womb, where he curls up like an embryo. But the next morning, reality breaks into Sean’s fantasy paradise and what appeared to be the perfect union is revealed as the rape of Lilly.

“In Embryo” is a love story between two people driven by their desperate desire for companionship and intimacy. They are ready to risk it all for love, and for a moment it appears that love will triumph over violence and drugs. But the more Sean tries to hold on to Lilly and the illusion of starting over, the more he introduces chaos into their already crumbling lives. He discovers that Lilly’s unrequited love is the result of her inability to abandon her childhood abuser, an old priest who continues to abuse her until today. In his desperate attempt to get rid of what stands between them once and for all – he loses everything. At the end he finds himself back at the nightclub, and in a dramatic showdown he sets off to settle the score with the ghosts of his childhood.

Titel
Work in Progress: In Embryo
Regissör
Ulrich Thomsen
Längd
30 min
Festival
2010
Sektion
Work in Progress
Originaltitel
In Embryo
Producent
Caroline Daube, Frank Evers & Jörg Schultze
Manus
Ulrich Thomsen

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