The Film

Short Synopsis

“November” is a short relationship drama that follows Zach and Elsa,
two freshmen that have been dating since high school, on one night in
their first semester at different colleges. They are planning on
seeing each other for the first time in two months the next day, but
have the feelings of loneliness, distance, and lack of communication
already taken their toll? Will their relationship survive the night?
Or do they just have yet to realize that it’s already over?

Rather than following a break-up from one side, the film seeks to
equally examine both stories in the relationship. It shows the
similarity of both Zach’s and Elsa’s emotions and goals despite the
increasing distance and loneliness of their situations.

Director’s Statement
What do you mean when you say “I love you”? Romantic relationships can fulfill an intense desire for intimacy that requires emotional investment and vulnerability in a different category than that of friendship. Saying “I love you” is a way of marking this investment and vulnerability in the other member of the relationship; defining this in its reality, complexity, and action is the journey, struggle, and joy of the relationship.

For two years, the same town and high school provided a closely shared experience for Zach and Elsa that helped them develop a comfortable and familiar intimacy. They love each other as far as they know. Entering a new situation of distance and different college environments, their first semester out of high school is marked by unsettling feelings of confusion and loneliness. Zach and Elsa struggle to realize how their relationship has changed and begin to grow bitter over the other’s inability to bridge their separation. By the end, the emotional truth is realized, they can not be what the other person needs.

I hope that the film takes the audience through an even experience of both sides in the deteriorating relationship and in doing so ultimately challenges them to look at the meanings and requirements of saying “I love you”.

–Paul Hinson, 2009

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