It’s a short film about loss. (Spoilers)
Weathering is a short film directed by Megalyn Echikunwoke who you may recognizes as Hyde’s half-sister Angie from That 70’s Show. It stars Alexis Louder (Linda from Violent Night) as Gemina, a woman who loses her baby in labor and almost dies herself. She deals with the resulting trauma in a way that any movie mother would have; with vivid hallucinations that represent her fears and guilt and self-destruction.
There’s not a whole lot to say about Weathering outside of the fact that it is a very short film. The whole movie is roughly 20 minutes and encapsulates pretty much what you would expect from a film of this style and format. There are scenes of Gemina being talked down to and disregarded by her male doctor after explaining that she knows something is wrong during the pregnancy. You have the husband who obviously abandons her after the baby’s death and the mother who selfishly exclaims the loss of her grandchild.
And wouldn’t you know it, the faceless figure that’s been haunting and stalking and beating up Gemina over the course of the film is none other than Gemima herself? She just has to stop figuratively literally beating herself up and realize she’s become the villain in her own story of grief and self-destruction. It’s that simple, and then she can go on to write really good newspaper stories at the Newspaper paper.
The short film isn’t bad by any means, but it’s like a magic trick you’ve seen a thousand times over. The whole concept of “but I was actually my own worst enemy the whole time” is one that I’m sure can be presented in a way that the audience won’t see coming from a mile away, but this isn’t it.