She realises that there can be no “us” in a relationship built on empty promises.
Ariel is hopelessly in love with a woman. Their relationship is fiercely passionate, but there’s one problem: Tara is a married mother of two.
Clinging on desperately to the relationship, Tara makes a string of empty promises to Ariel. Promises of leaving her marriage behind, and just the two of them living a romantic fantasy in Spain.
Yet those tantalising promises always come with a caveat: “Whatever happens between the two of us stays in this room.”
Time after time, Ariel pretends not to see Tara’s hypocrisy and succumbs to lust. But one day, their passionate moment is interrupted when the husband and kids return home early.
Hiding in the closet, Ariel recalls their intimate moments, only to realise that they’re all built upon lies and deceit. Finally, she learns to stand firm and make the right decision for herself.
Ping-Wen’s film won the Special Award of Excellence at the Screwdriver International Short Film Contest. The short, which is notably Ping-Wen’s first film with synced sound, was also an official selection at the 2014 Palm Springs International Short Fest, the 2014 Boston LGBT Film Festival and the 2014 Out Takes New Zealand, and has travelled to over 20 film festivals worldwide.
A Film and Television Production student at Loyola Marymount University, Ping-Wen takes a special interest in stories about women and the LGBT community. However, in an interview, she maintains that the genders and sexual orientations of characters should be “incidentally demographic”.
“It’s the question – the timeless, universal question – of love itself that matters most,” she said. “If real people love each other, those things are incidental.”