Charlene is an actor and screenwriter, but she's struggling in more ways than one (go figure).
Charlene’s brother, Dominick, died by suicide nine months ago and she didn’t see it coming. No one did. It wrecked her and now she’s attempting to salvage her fledgling acting and screenwriting career. But she has to face her grief, which has resulted in marital problems.
Charlene’s husband, Raul, has taken their two young kids to live with his sister “to give time for Charlene to grieve.” How is Charlene supposed to grieve when she’s also fulfilling her obligation to carry on her brother’s design business, care for her aging mother, Lorenna (played by Alley Mills), and reconcile with Ayla, her pregnant sister-in-law who she’s avoiding?!
No big deal. She’s fine.
(Lies. All lies. She’s the farthest thing from being fine).
Charlene carries on trying to make sense of her life and rewrite (and sell) her feature film with ideas and notes that come from conversations with her husband Raul, manager Veronica, mother Lorenna, sister-in-law Ayla and actor friend Dino.
Charlene runs into a church person in which she has a history that she’s trying to
avoid, revealing some underlying themes of the film: faith, doubt,
judgment, grace, and grief.
Charlene is wound up, tighter than the gears in a watch. She’s about to burst and she knows it, little by little, but Charlene’s journey reveals how our bodies have a way of speaking to us and telling us what we need. She’s carrying a lot of burdens. And Charlene’s body needs to move, she needs to let it all out, she needs to dance.
Charlene must find a way to confront her personal demons and find herself once again…. amid her deep and ridiculously traumatic grief. But don’t worry, this isn’t a tragedy. The only way one can survive the painful loss of a loved one is by letting loose, popping a few edibles, and getting her groove on in a cemetery (yes, there is a dance routine in a cemetery. Don’t worry, think interpretive dance in an SNL sketch. Not Broadway, but therapeutic nonetheless)
Survival requires finding the ridiculous moments of humor any way you can, and Oh, they are there. It won’t take long for Charlene to find them or rather for the humor to find her.
The question is, will she find a way to write and live her own story amid everything that is thrown at her? Chances are good, but it won’t be easy.