YBLTV Review – Fear, Love And Agoraphobia
Not Your Typical Story
Imagine you were unable to walk outside. Taking out the garbage is an insurmountable challenge. Trips to the grocery store require someone else to take care of you. Being completely dependent on other people for mundane things in daily life. On the other side of the coin, what if you put your entire existence on hold for someone else. Watch your world crumble around you as time passes by. No real job, no reliable place to live. What would life look like to you? This is where we find our two main characters in Fear, Love and Agoraphobia.
Leomark Studios’ acclaimed film from Writer/Director, Alex D’Lerna presents a comedy/drama blend, that shows what a gritty reality is like for two people existing in these conditions. Chet has battled agoraphobia for years, when his parents decide to relocate. He has to find someone to cohabitate with as well as accept his eccentricities. Maggie is a former Marine that came home to be with her husband, who is now incarcerated. All of her energies go to fighting his case, and visiting him.
These two begin our story a world apart, with nothing in common. How they cross paths however, is really what makes the story work. Chet needs a roommate, while Maggie is drowning in her own reality. Maybe you can empathize with one or both of our characters. I know I did. I have known a few people over the years that have battled with similar difficulties.
Nothing Comes Easy
Watching Chet struggle with the most trivial of tasks made me take a moment and step back. We take for granted the millions of things we do throughout our lives, that others are incapable of doing. Go to the store, riding a bike or even flying on an airplane.
The state that Maggie finds herself in made my heart break. Living out of a car while drinking away the day. Her only hope is through a glass partition. You begin to question whether she stays out of stubbornness or devotion. Maybe there is a bit of both going on here, as you get to know the character better.
- An honest look at a less than spectacular existence
- Able to make you feel good
- A few points may hit close to home
- Starring Lori Petty, Linda Burzynski, and Dustin Coffey
- Winner of over 15 Film Festival Awards
“These two begin our story a world apart, with nothing in common. How they cross paths however, is really what makes the story work.” – Patrick Mackey, @mackeyp42, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
As the story unfolds, you cannot help but smile. Self-education can be an incredible thing, though it does not come easily. Only by going through the struggle, can you find the reward on the other side.
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer Patrick Mackey, received a screener of Fear, Love and Agoraphobia for free from Leomark Studios in consideration for a Product Review.