Josephine

Directed by: Thaddeus D. Matula

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In the time following her father's death, Josephine takes out her anger and feelings of abandonment on other men in her life. Through a series of building emotional encounters, she realizes that her increasing anger and alienation is self-imposed. Josephine is a film about the misperceptions of one's own reality.



Richard, Josephine's father, exists in the film only as a part of Josephine. He was an extremely accomplished mountaineer and his love for the mountains kept him away from his family. One of his well-known accomplishments was conquering the Seven Summits-climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Richard later started the company Summit Sense, through which he and his associates guided paying clients to the world's highest and most demanding peaks. Through all of this, his confessions of love for his family rang false in his daughter's ears; the constant separation was too much for her to handle. Josephine's journey is to find the love her father truly had for her.



On her journey she encounters numerous men who are taken with her external beauty. A few of them in their separate ways glimpse her inner beauty through what is a decidedly rough emotional exterior. Francis (the sensitive male), Thomas (the na´ve neighbor), Joe (the alpha male), Nick (the college love), and Alexander (the writer) each has his own tryst with Josephine, and each develops his own conviction of what she is under her surface. Each has found his way into Josephine's existence.



The climax brings Josephine together with Francis, Thomas, and Joe. Her choices in this moment are at the same time misguided and true. It is in these choices-if not too late-through which she can find inner redemption.



Josephine is about being willfully blind to your surroundings, making your decisions in this vacuum, and living with the consequences. Josephine spends the entire film isolating herself from men before realizing that one could bring her true love. Through her reconciling her emotions for her father, Josephine finds herself and her reality.

 

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