Miryam Charles explores the 2008 death of her cousin in a film that is by turns moving and challenging but mesmerising throughout.
Charles’ cousin Tessa was found hanged in her room. But a subsequent autopsy revealed that she had been sexually assaulted and murdered before being hanged. The filmmaker doesn’t dwell on this unsolved crime. Instead, she ruminates on the life of this young woman – the experiences she had, told through an hallucinatory series of images – and what has been lost. Schelby Jean-Baptiste embodies Tessa and Charles journeys with her through memories, most of which appear as fragments, often shot on different film formats, which only add to the otherworldliness of this powerful, uncategorisable and deeply rewarding film.